Very often, we do not notice the wealth of tiny creatures that live around us. Today, I’d like to share with you a few glimpses of these vital beings in and around Orange County Kabini.
Ants contribute nearly 25% of the animal weight in the tropics, but very little is known about them. Many of them feed on sugary substances; quite a few choose to hunt other creatures and hence serve as an essential link in the food chain.
Dragon flies are considered indicators of fresh water. They lay their eggs only in fresh water and feed on mosquitoes. The adult fly feeds on adult mosquitoes while the dragon fly larvae feed on mosquito larvae, thereby controlling the population of mosquitoes.
This little Dragon fly didn’t make it into the world. His transformation from the Nymph state into adulthood failed, as it died due to excess heat.
Nestled among the flowers of a tamarind tree, this Honey Bee seemed to have had an unusual sour tooth!!
This stunning butterfly helps in pollination. Its colour almost merges with the leaves, one needs a keen eye to notice it.
The commencement of the breeding season is during April to September. The males, in their pursuit of females become conspicuous in excitement which results in brilliant coloration. The shoulder, parts of forelegs, and the head especially, turn brilliant scarlet or crimson with black patches on sides of the throat and hence the name Blood sucker. They feed mainly on insects.
Amphibians are considered to be the best indicators of environmental health. A decline in their population indicates a deterioration in the ecosystem that might affect a wider spectrum of the earth’s biological diversity. These creatures are the first to be affected by habitat loss, global warming and toxic chemicals. Thankfully, the sighting of this Bicoloured Frog endorses the opulence of the environment in Kabini.
Today, I feel blessed living amidst such a healthy ecosystem. All thanks to Mother Nature and her beloved River Kabini.