Insects

Morni Wildlife (Insects): Peacock Pansy

December 21, 20180 Comments

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Blue Pansy

December 21, 20180 Comments

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Golden Dragonfly

November 14, 20140 Comments

Golden Dragonfly- a spectacular ‘gilded’ dragonfly spotted by the Tramp while trekking along the Berwala choe in the Khol-hai-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary area.

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle

November 8, 20140 Comments

Six-spotted Green Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) is a ground beetle of deciduous forests, a little over half-an-inch in length and with long legs. The large white mandibles give the insect a ferocious look (hence the name ‘Tiger’) and help it subdue its prey – caterpillars, ants, spiders etc. This carnivorous beetle can run and fly […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Yellow Pansy

November 8, 20141 Comment

Yellow Pansy (Junonia hierta) – is a butterfly seen in open scrub and grasslands. The male has a bright yellow upperside and the forewing has jet black corner with white streaks. The anterior portion of the hind wing is black with a large shiny blue spot. In the female the colours are duller and the […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Stinkbug

November 6, 20140 Comments

Erthesina acuminata (common name Stinkbug) is one of the 5000 species of insects of the Pentatomidae family. The bug gets its name from the foul-smelling secretion produced by it when alarmed. The odourous secretion may get transferred to the resting place of the insect such as fruit or leaves of a plant leaving them with […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Day flying ‘Tiger-striped’ Moth

November 5, 20140 Comments

Day flying ‘Tiger-striped’ Moth – Episteme adulatrix: A brightly coloured day flying moth with a tiger-striped orange-black abdomen that can easily be confused with a butterfly. The non-clubbed antennae and the stout abdomen are the give-aways that tell you that it’s a moth and not a butterfly. Acknowledgement: The moth was identified by Sh. Sanjay […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Indian Tortoiseshell

October 31, 20141 Comment

Indian Tortoiseshell  (Aglais caschmirensis) is a colourful, medium-sized butterfly (wingspan of about 2 inches) that has reddish-orange wings with prominent black and yellow, high contrast ‘zebra’ markings on the forewings and a border of blue-spots on the edges. Its larvae feeds on nettle (urtica). It occurs in the Himalayas from 1000 to 4000 metres. It is difficult to […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Northern Spotted Grasshopper

October 31, 20141 Comment

Northern Spotted Grasshopper (Aularches miliaris) – a colourful grasshopper of South and Southeast Asia with dark, glossy green head and thorax and a canary-yellow band on the side. Wings are green with yellow spots. Legs are a metallic blue.  Abdomen is banded in red and black. A heavy and sluggish grasshopper it is capable of […]

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Morni Wildlife (Insects): Common Blue Jewel (Damselfly)

September 3, 20130 Comments

Common Blue Jewel (Rhinocypha perforata) is commonly spotted in swift flowing streams in low hills and mountains.

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