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Trekking at Turahalli


Last Sunday morning, we visited Turahalli mini forest in Bangalore for a bird watching trek. It turned out to be quite a rewarding trek in terms of wildlife we were able to see. Here's a photo tour...

First sighting of a stunning Tortoise shell beetle...


Milkweed bug...


Friends were looking around in the green for birds and bugs...


Jungle Babbler in flight...


Here's a closeup of Jungle babbler...


Recently shed cuticle after a Praying Mantis moult...


Oriental White Eye...











Blister beetle...


Peacock flew down  from a tall tree...


Mushroom...



Giant Wood Spider...




Common Leopard butterfly...


Aristolochia flowers have a specialized pollination mechanism. The plants are aromatic and their strong scent attracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then wither to release the fly, covered with pollen...


Canopy...


Showstopper of the day was a peacock who danced quite freely...


























A looper caterpillar pulls its body into loops as it moves because it lacks the first two or three pairs of ventral prolegs. Therefore looping is the best means of progression and this movement gives its  name - Inch Worm because it measure off one inch as it progresses...



Bee hive...


Hoverfly on Lantana flower...



Camouflage...





Bagworm moths build small protective cases in which they can hide...


Caterpillar of a Common Rose butterfly...


A juvenile Common Rose butterfly. The orange patterns will turn red soon...



Grasshopper...


Ashy Prinia...



Mushroom...





Common Crow pupa. The butterfly uses a liquid which softens the shell of the chrysalis to help make its way out...


Argyreia cuneata also known as Purple morning glory...




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Tawny Coster butterfly...





Short horned Gaudy Grasshopper...


Jungle Babbler...





Sunday at Hoskote

Every visit to Hoskote lake in Bangalore has been excellent till date. Last Sunday's visit was no less exciting. Here's a photo tour...


An Ashy Prinia breaks the exoskeleton of a bug by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch...


White-breasted Kingfisher...





White-cheeked Barbet...






Brahminy Kite...



Crimson Rose Butterfly...










Black Drongo...


Black-velvet Leatherleaf slug...






When the Bitter gourd fruit is fully ripe, it turns orange and mushy, and splits into segments which curl back dramatically to expose seeds covered in bright red pulp...



Long-tailed shrike...


Grey Heron...



Green Bee-Eater...











Pelicans...


Furry caterpillar...





A shocked dragonfly after surviving a bird attack...


Indian silverbill...


Green Jewel bug...











Show stopper of the day was a Pied Kingfisher that was seen hovering over the water to detect prey...


Diving vertically bill-first to capture fish...


Making a splash with great force...


And flies away with the snack...


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