Spider under the sheets

The air con was all choked up and we had it cleaned. After the cleaning guys left, it felt like a bomb had gone off in the room – a layer of dust everywhere! I went straight to the broom and Anju took over the bedsheets. And sitting pretty under the bedsheet was this!  Wonder how it got there and how it survived without getting squished! Nonetheless, a beautiful specimen.

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When your son brings home a…

My son rushed back home from play a few evenings back carefully pinching a butterfly in his hands. The butterfly seemed unhurt and I had to oblige him with a photoshoot. We carefully laid the butterfly in our light box with a few sugar crystals to keep it occupied. I quickly took the camera out and got to work.

Turns out it was a pea blue butter fly – Lampides boeticus. It’s a pretty little butterfly, especially when you look at the upper part of its wings (it’s bluish in collar – that’s what gives the butterfly its name). Unfortunately, it never opened up and I could not get a shot. It posed for a couple of minutes before flying away.

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The antlion

When i first learned of its name, I thought there has been a mistake. The insect in the picture does not do justice to such a ferocious name. It has a slender, beautiful body with delicate wings and big round eyes and does not come across as a ferocious predator. Turns out, I’m right (well, at least partially).IMG_9619.JPG

The adult antlion (the one you see in the picture) feeds on nectar and pollen. The “lion” in its name comes more because of it’s larval stage when it traps and hunts many soft bodied insects that wander near its pit.