Emerge!

Through the throes of change, discarding the olden cloak, rejuvenation! Elucidation: Arthropods moult either for the purpose of growth or to metamorphose. During this process, known as ecdysis, the organism may undertake repair of damaged tissue and sometimes even regenerate lost limbs. The cuticle or old outer skin shed at the end of this process … Continue reading Emerge!

Honey, I Stole the Nectar!

In search of nectar, hovering over blossoms, sweet pollinator! Nectaries too deep, piercing base of flower, crafty nectar thief! Elucidation: As I looked on, this sunbird tried to dip its beak through the unfurled petals of the flower bud. Unsuccessful at its attempt to reach the nectaries, it then hovered around the base of the … Continue reading Honey, I Stole the Nectar!

Don’t Drag on, Fly!

Quivering wings spread, contemplate heavens above, unleash your ethos! Elucidation: The lifecycle of Dragonflies consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. The dragonfly spends most of its life in its aquatic nymph form, living in fresh water ponds and placid spots in streams. Depending upon the species and climate of the region, the nymph … Continue reading Don’t Drag on, Fly!

A Slug Reborn

A distressed Slug one day, prayed aloud to Mother, you’ve left me less blessed, than my Snail brother. A lovely shell to show off, a home he takes along, helping him hide at will, a shelter that’s so strong. No harm can come to him, the shell keeps all away, but look at poor naked … Continue reading A Slug Reborn

Yellow Cattle!

Sunday mornings of late are devoted to a stroll, camera at the ready, through the untrodden paths within the Aarey Forest in suburban Mumbai. At the far end of the path downhill from New Zealand Hostel is a tiny pond which remains slushy at this time of the year, trying to manage with an insufficient … Continue reading Yellow Cattle!