SANITATION

    Re: SANITATION : 2 posts by 2 authors. I got few lessons, observing activities in different bird nests. I worked on bird nests of some 13 different bird species in last 10 years and so. It was a great education for me.Attaching an image of a Magpie Robin. The image is self explanatory. […]

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Common Bird Monitoring of India

    Fwd: [meetyeti] Fwd: Common Bird Monitoring of India (CBMI) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2) Nature Forever Society (NFS) has initiated a public participation program to estimate population and distribution of 18 Common Birds in India. Through Common Bird Monitoring of India (CBMI) citizens can enjoy bird watching at home and […]

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Nephila clavipes and the medicinal use of her cobweb

    A Q for experts : 2 posts by 2 authors. just today I was reading an article, which remembered me an old thing. My grandmother used to use the of a certain spider (we used to say कातणीचे घर  ) as a plaster for wounds.    …, perhaps you remember it? or …? I […]

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Ortea rosea ?

Ortea rosea ?;       Oreta sp. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1). Just when I thought that the new species of moths were eluding me and my leaving the bathroom light on was earning me nothing but annoyed looks from my wife, I saw this Hooktip hugging the ceiling and I […]

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Greywater tower

    Greywater tower Arba Minch, Ethiopia : 2 posts by 1 author. In Hamburg there are some enthus, who do urban gardning. Last year they built one greywater tower.This year they are building another one. I found the information interesting. Perhaps someone can use it!It is so hot here and very little rain in […]

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Large Cabbage White

    SYMBIOSIS : 537 : 1 post by 1 author. Attaching an image of a Large Cabbage White on the flowers of Thistle        

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Owls of Bengal

    Owls of Bengal—-My article published : 1 post by 1 author. Owls of Bengal——-My article বাংলার প্যাঁচা (Owls of Bengal) and my 8 photos of various owl species have been published in the 5th issue of বন্যপ্রাণ (Banyapran) Magazine. In this article, I have narrated my experience of meeting the eight species of […]

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Arctiid Moth caterpillars

    insect behavior : Attachments (2). 9 posts by 6 authors. Feasting on the leaf of Labarnum ? will somebody explain this phenomena? These are Arctiid Moth caterpillars. Some caterpillars of this group are referred to as ‘Woolly Bears’. They are often encountered along forest paths hanging from silken threads and have irritating hair which on […]

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Predation

    Predation : Attachments (7). 2 posts by 2 authors. Thought this might be interesting. Photographed on my property at Shahapur [north of Bombay] last Sunday (21.8.13). A Praying Mantis eating a Woolly Bear [Arctiid Moth caterpillar]. Sending a few photographs. Thanks … for lovely site. The Praying Mantis is doing it’s duty so […]

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The Garo Hills butterfly book

    The Garo Hills butterfly book is out : An email thread has already started on this on ButterflyIndia while I was on a field trip to Kerala. I am now back, and here is the information about the book: We have been surveying the wonderful butterfly fauna of the Garo Hills, which forms the […]

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Maria Sibylla Merian – butterfly/insect illustrator

    Maria Sibylla Merian – butterfly/insect illustrator :  Google doodle today celebrates the 366th birth anniversary of German naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. Merian was well known for studying as well as making detailed paintings of plants and insects. She is credited of making significant, though not well known, contributions to the field […]

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Peacock Pansy

    SYMBIOSIS : 328 : Attaching an image of Peacock Pansy butterfly on the flowers of Candy Tuft (a garden flower).

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Malabar Whistling Thrush

    A question from Matheran!: It is (or it was) perceived that Malabar Whistling Thrushs are breeding visitors in Mumbai wildlife region. Particularly in Monsson they are seen and observed near the flowing streams. They are sometimes located and identified through their typical whistling call adn sometimes through their quick flight type appearance, in […]

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SOLAR BOTTLE BULB

    OT: a really wonderful idea: though this mail has nothing to do with trees or flowers, it has something to do with our environment.So I thought of sharing it with you. Perhaps you forward this mail to NGOs or other groups, or you may know where to implement it. A very nice idea. […]

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Common Mormon cat

    Green Caterpillar on Lily Plant : Nasik : 230113 : AK-1: A green catterpillar seen on a Lily plant in our home garden at Nasik on 3/10/2010. Any idea what it is? This could be the caterpillar of the Common Mormon or the Blue Mormon. [The caterpillar of the Lime butterfly also looks […]

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white-cheeked barbet

    CITYLIFE Summer’s around the corner and so is the call of the white-cheeked barbet: For anyone interested – the story — http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/article2863878.ece Very well written interesting article on barbet. I will watch out for the bird here, in Mysore. I spotted two of them on banyan tree two days back. I see them […]

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Adbhutachya Shodhat- A novel

    Greetings & Butterfly Story!: Wish you a Very Happy, Healthy & Peaceful Deepavali & New Year! I take this opportunity to inform you that this year’s Diwali Issue of ‘Chandrakant’ (Marathi Annual Special Festive Issue) has published my Kadambari (Novel) – ‘Adbhutachya Shodhat’. The imaginary story is based on Butterfly/Moth research and is […]

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Kas fauna

      Kas fauna: Posting photographs of some insects, moth, etc., found at Kas last year. The moth that you posted is Problepsis vulgaris of family Geometridae (Sterrhinae)   KAS Week DS_101012_04 a bird in midst of flowers: Malabar crested Lark in Kas , 22nd Sep 2012. the newly accepted name is Malabar Lark […]

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bee hive

    bee hive – day 1: these are few shost of beehive, till today it was hanging on a Royal Palm tree-leaf in my house and the bees were enjoying the palm flowers. Now the hive has fallen on the groun and one can see the swarm of bees. Please tell me which bees […]

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Role of Bees in Pollination

Panel Discussion on Role of Bees in Pollination:   NATIONAL BEE DAY Celebrate the Indian honeybee with family and friends Where Maharashtra Nature Park (Dharavi) When Sunday February 5th, 9 am to 2 pm Bees work hard to bring us honey. But did you know they play an even more important role in putting food […]

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