After a long hiatus, I went for a nature walk on the Kabini banks. As it rained heavily that morning, there wasn’t much bird activity. However, we were treated with plenty of insect life. We came across a small termite hill where we watched hard-working worker termites engaged in ‘repair works’ of their home. My guest got very excited watching this as it was the first time he observed termites at such close proximity.
A little away from this sighting, we got to see a dragonfly on a small bush which had emerged from its larval stage, probably just a couple of hours earlier. This is the stage where it is more vulnerable as it cannot fly until its wings are dry.
Dragonflies have three stages in their life cycle: the egg, nymph, and the adult. Most of the life cycle of a dragonfly is lived out in the nymph stage, during which it is barely seen.
Once the nymph is fully grown, and the weather is right, it will complete the metamorphosis and become a dragonfly by crawling out of the water and up a plant’s stem. The nymph will shed its skin onto the stem of the plant and will then become a young dragonfly. The skin that the nymph left behind is called the exuviae. You can find exuviae still stuck to the stem for a long time after the dragonfly has left it.
Later in the shallow parts of the water, we sighted a few groups of tadpoles of bicolured frogs popping out of the water for oxygen. The large-sized tadpoles can be sighted in plenty in Kabini in the months of April, May and June.