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#31 Mar 12th, 2013, 18:55
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Here is another Argiope anasuja or Signature Spider

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great pictures.
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Just thought why not have this thread? Time to watch butterflies seem to be here in Mumbai already, it might be fun to have some colorful photos here as well as get the IDs for the same (if required), from IM experts on this topic!
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Praying Mantis On The Move - Palolem Beach

Lovely title. Here is my contribution to this thread.

Praying Mantis on the move - Palolem Beach

It's a HD Video.

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Wildlife sightings do not happen only in a national park or a tiger reserve. Sometimes you get good wildlife sightings & wildlife experience outside protected areas especially of smaller creatures. This particular video was made outside a beach hut at Palolem Beach, Goa during night time using a torch. This was during Diwali festival so in background you can hear sound of fire crackers along with sound of waves.

Ronak.
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Where are you Nick-H, these days? Just today thought of mentioning you on 'Whom do you miss thread'!! Seems like you are on some interesting vacations?
I am here only. Every day... Liking your pics

No interesting vacations at all, not since we saw the giant squirrel in Kerala
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Thanks all for the liberal contribution!! I am loving it!

Vaibhav, Title change - Like, like .
Ronak, I will be watching the video immediately after I log out from here, Thanks for posting the link.
Nick-H - I felt I was missing your likes, now, I will have to check all my previous posts ! Forget that Malabar GS, start photographing the insects (pssst pssst even a lizard will do...our thread is very flexible).

Untill we get the ID for the previous posts, I can manage to sneak in another photo of Spot Swordtail butterfly group, SGNP! It was taken just before the monsoon arrived here in Mumbai last year, had seen some 75+ butterflies at one place!

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[QUOTE=naveenamohanrao;1558493]

(pssst pssst even a lizard will do...our thread is very flexible).


Well in that case!!!


Another Corbett resident!
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[QUOTE=tripsammy;1558498]
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(pssst pssst even a lizard will do...our thread is very flexible).

Another Corbett resident!
Arrey Baap re!! Vaibhav, does that translate into 'Oh my, father?'
@tripsammy, that is super ke upar Photo (Better than a super photo )

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Millipede in Araku Valley

This guy was about 5" long!

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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Nick-H - I felt I was missing your likes, now, I will have to check all my previous posts !
Well, if I forgot to click, I'll make up for it from now on. But I was liking. Honest!

No recent insect pics, I'm afraid: just a couple of small frogs.
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I would like to see your Monarch photos too David, if you can find them.
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Oh, please do post the photographs, it is not a must that the photographs have to be from India, especially (I believe) when it comes to the current topic! After I read your post I googled for Monarch Butterfly images and saw they were beautiful. It would be nice if you could post your photos here.

You seem to be very knowledgeable about these colorful wonders (I mean butterflies)! Great to have you on this thread.
Per the requests of the wonderful Naveena and Julia, I'm attempting my first posting of a photo to India Mike. Considering that yesterday I tried to set up VOIP on my computer and it ended in total failure, I'm hoping this will work.

I'll first try posting a picture of a monarch butterfly and if that works I'll post more pictures of the phases of its life cycle. Wish me luck! I'll need it.
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Monarch butterflies in our Los Angeles garden

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Amazingly it worked!!!!!!

Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are fairly common in North America but their caterpillars feed only on plants of a genus of milkweeds (asclepias) and because of the use of herbicides and pesticides in the Canadian prairie provinces and the farming areas of the Central United States, their host plants have become less common as have the butterflies.

Our experience with the monarchs here in California started just last year. We're required to separate our green trash into a specified container for recycling. One day I looked in the green trash bin and noticed a number of caterpillars crawling around on top of the debris. It seems that my partner's father who is 88 years old and lives in the house behind us and tends to the plants along the edges of the garden that he can reach from his wheelchair had seen the "worms" eating the plants and had cut the plants where the caterpillars were to get rid of them. We retrieved the caterpillars from the trash, put them back on the plants in the garden and explained to him what they were. Papa now knows better and during the month or two that we have monarch activity takes a keen interest in their progress.

The plant that draws the monarchs to our garden is asclepias curassavica (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_curassavica). It arrived in our garden quite by accident and has spread through seed dispersal. The butterflies can be seen flitting around these plants to find a spot to lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves.

The newly hatched caterpillars are quite tiny but their sole purpose in life is to eat and eat and eat and eat some more. They feed on the leaves of the plant, they eat the flowers, and if those are all eaten, they start on the stems and seed pods.

At the point that they're ready for the next phase of life, they leave the plant and find a place to magically transform themselves into a chrysalis. We have to be careful when walking or driving on our driveway to avoid stepping on them or running them over.

The transformation into a chrysalis happens quickly (seemingly less than a minute), and we've seen it but have never had the camera handy. The chrysalis is attached to the undersides of leaves or anything else the caterpillar in its wisdom deems an auspicious location (one of the attached photos shows the chrysalis attached to the underside of a wooden trellis board). The chrysalis is quite a beautiful thing. At first its a bright green color with a row of beading around the top that is iridescent when the sun hits it. As the butterfly starts to develop, the chrysalis turns darker and the wing pattern and color of the butterfly can be seen inside.

We've never seen the butterfly emerge, but we have seen the new butterflies shortly after, their wings still crinkled and needing some time to stretch out before they can fly away.

You can see in the next-to-last photo that there are many caterpillars on the plants and also a butterfly at the same time.

The wonders of nature never cease to amaze me. How did the monarchs find the small asclepias plants in our garden in the middle of a huge city? And more amazing, you can read about the monarch's migration to Mexico over several generations from the northern US and Canada and see photos of the millions of butterflies in their winter habitat in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, now the Mariposa Monarca Biosphere Reserve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch...sphere_Reserve) by checking out this link to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly)
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Very nice images and story, David! We don't have so many monarchs in Atlantic Canada. Nevertheless, they are around and if you keep your eyes open, you will eventually spot on. However, t's often confused with 'The Viceroy', a very convincing monarch mimic. Below are images of the two.

The first two of the 'real' monarch and the 3rd image of the viceroy imposter. Notice the line across the back of the viceroy's wing(absent on the monarch) and the single row(as opposed to the monarch which has a double row) of white dots around the perimeter. Not much of a difference really but it screams out an important lesson when observing these insects - you have to be very observant because there's often very little changes in detail that seperate some of these species. So keep those eyes peeled, folks!
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Great photos, PeakXV, I don't think the Viceroys are found west of the Rocky Mountains, at least I don't recall ever seeing one here. It seems that they evolved to mimic the appearance of the Monarch because the Monarchs are unpalatable to predators because of the chemicals in the milkweed plants that they feed on. Interesting that even though the butterflies look similar, the caterpillar and pupa of the Viceroy bears no similarity to the ones of the Monarch.
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wow amazing writeup david, it was an interesting read with beautiful pictures. And these butterflies migrate upto 2500 miles to move our from the colder areas, and there is a dragonfly also which crosses oceans.

@PeakXV that is a really nice detailed picture

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Thank you Naveena, i guess i am able to post it now
Tripsammy thanks for you time too


Source :
Monarch Butterfly Facts : http://www.monarch-butterfly.com/mon...ies-facts.html
Dragonfly which crosses the oceans : http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_and...ss_oceans.html
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And this seems to be the only difference between a Monarch and a Viceroy
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