A Lion in Fly’s Clothing
12 / Jan / 2011
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Did this miniature model of entomological royalty get its name because it’s the king of animals in its weight group? Or does the Antlion’s name owe more to its voracious predation of ants? The jury has been out for a while now, and while the debate doesn’t seem to suggest an early resolution, the rule […]

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Antlion, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 9 Comments »

The Death of a Queen
3 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

The Queen is dead; long live the Queen! This could well be the leitmotif of a parallel universe that exists in the microscopic underworld of Coorg. Shades of regicide can be seen in the image above, where a worker ant is attempting to murder the Queen just as she’s emerged after a successful mating. Welcome […]

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Jumping Ants, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 13 Comments »

The farmer who bites his cattle
19 / May / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

The pastoral society of Kabini is the stage where an intrepid breed of farmers herds their cattle right under the noses of large predators who are none the wiser for the event. Perhaps it helps that the ‘cattle’, in this Lilliputian saga, are no larger than a grain of rice, and their minders aren’t much […]

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Honey ant and aphids, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 44 Comments »

Can you spot the beach in the picture?
21 / Apr / 2010
Photographed by TNA Perumal

Forget Cannes, Ibiza, Jamaica, Rio and other playgrounds of the sun worshipping jet set. Some of the world’s most beautiful bodies are to be found sunbathing in the hills and vales of Coorg. While the strips in the south of France and the Caribbean have their acolytes, discerning members of the animal bourgeois find their […]

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Baronet Butterfly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

Once Upon a Bug…
24 / Mar / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

Long, long ago, in the days before PCs and video games, when TVs were tourist attractions at the homes of the connected, children in South India prospected for precious metals in their backyards. When you did strike gold, or any other likely gem, you tucked away the precious catch in miniature safe deposit lockers, which […]

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Jewel Bug, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 27 Comments »

Some Damsels are Gentlemen
10 / Feb / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

A Damsel is not always a lady. For, even the males of this species are called Damselflies, though they don’t seem to mind too much (proof that metrosexuals have been around much longer than our fashionistas would have us believe). The females too are definitely not products of those Swiss finishing schools that insist on […]

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Damselfly, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 24 Comments »

Workaholics Anonymous
30 / Sep / 2009
Photographed by Amoghavarsha

All work and no play makes Jill a good bee. And a ‘live’ bee. For it’s not unknown for the hive bosses, to knock off Worker Bees suspected to be sleeping on the job. No sir… it just won’t do. There’s a lot of work to be done. Hives to be built, honey to be […]

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Worker Bee, Coorg | Posted in Insects | 19 Comments »

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