Archive for May, 2013

Resorts of Morni: Lakeside Cafe

May 28, 20130 Comments

As one cautiously descends the steep hill road from Morni to the twin tals (lakes) in the ‘Valley of  Tikkar’, one first reaches the smaller of the two lakes that has been named ‘Badah’  (large) tal, for some curious reason. The valley as seen from atop the Gajan hill to its north resembles a large […]

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Shrubs of Morni: Railway Creeper

May 26, 20130 Comments

Railway Creeper/ Ivy-leaved Morning Glory/ Mile-a-Minute Vine (Ipomoea cairica)- a fast growing morning glory vine with purple flowers with 5-lobed (sometimes 7) leaves. It is commonly seen in the waste patches along railway tracks and hence the name.  

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Common Gull

May 22, 20130 Comments

Common Gull (Cepora nerissa) – a medium-sized butterfly of the dry scrubland, it is found in the Shivaliks upto an elevation of 1200 metres. It is attracted to lantana flowers in Morni and prefers damp sandy patches. Upperwings are white and the upper forewing has has a black terminal border with large white spots. The […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Common Emigrant

May 22, 20130 Comments

Common Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona)- found in the Himalayas upto a height of 4000 metres. Found in fields, gardens and scrub. Is common in Morni. Wings are a translucent greenish-yellow. Congregations can be seen mud-puddling on wet soil.   References: Butterflies of India, Arun Pratap Singh (2011)

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Trees of Morni: Kadam

May 17, 20130 Comments

Kadam (Neolamarckia cadamba) is native to the sub-Himalayan terrai region and the lower Shivaliks. The leaves are glossy and the fragrant flowers form conspicuous woolly orange-yellow balls. Seeds are contained in the fruit capsules that are packed tightly together in orange-coloured ‘globules’  and are dispersed by bats. The tree is fast growing with a spreading […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Common Castor

May 17, 20130 Comments

Common Castor (Ariadne merione)- is an orange-brown butterfly with zigzag brown lines running across the upper-wings. It has a wingspan of an inch-and-a-half. The larvae feed on the leaves of the Castor (Erandi) shrub and hence the name.

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Yellow Orange Tip

May 17, 20130 Comments

Yellow Orange Tip (Ixias pyrene) – a small yellow-orange butterfly that is common to the dry thorny scrub/ mixed-deciduous forests of the Shivalik hills. Can be generally spotted around the lantana flowers in the Morni hills. The butterfly prefers damp patches and the lantana infested scrub in the vicinity of the numerous water harvesting dams […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Indian Cabbage White

May 16, 20130 Comments

Indian Cabbage White (Pieris canidia)- a common black-and-white, Himalayan butterfly that migrates to the hills in summers only to return to the plains with onset of winters. Wings are white with upper fore-wings having black apical margins. Males have a single black spot on the fore-wing while the females have two. It is seen visiting […]

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Water Harvesting Dam: Dullopur

May 14, 2013

The earthen dam at Dullopur is located in the foothills of Morni and provides water for irrigating fields lying downstream of the dam. The dam has created a large lake that is tucked away in the hills between the Tirlokpur and Dullopur villages.  

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Water Harvesting Dam: Muwas

May 14, 20130 Comments

Muwas is a small hamlet that falls under the Sabilpur panchayat and is located deep inside the scrub forest in the foothills of Morni. The village can be accessed by driving along the dry rocky bed of the nadi that flows between Aasrewali and Belwali villages. A large earthen dam has been built across a choe to create a […]

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