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May 2023 - Week 3 Roundup


 

Kalidasa

Sighted on: 15.May.2023



Kalidasa lanata is a species of planthopper in the family Fulgoridae found in India. They have a slender and flexible stalk-like outgrowth arising from above the tip of the snout. I had seen this fascinating creature while doing the nature walk.


Content Creator / Photographer:

Shanmuga Kumar




 

Weaver Ants

Sighted on: 17.May.2023



A Weaver Ant queen lays her first clutch of eggs on a leaf and protects and feeds the larvae until they become mature workers. The workers then construct leaf nests and help rear a new brood laid by the queen. As the number of workers increases, more nests are built and the colony productivity and growth increase significantly. Workers perform tasks essential to colony survival, including foraging, nest construction, and colony defence. Chemical and tactile communication signals facilitate the exchange of information and modulation of worker behaviour during worker-worker interactions. These signals are used primarily in the contexts of foraging and colony defence. Successful foragers lay down pheromone trails that help recruit other workers for new food sources. Patrollers also use pheromone trails to recruit workers against territorial intruders.

Content Creator / Photographer:

Shanmuga Kumar


 


Indian Bull Frog

Sighted on: 19.May.2023



It is said that when you smile, it takes your worries away. As the lights go out, bullfrogs steadily creep out of his pond, smile at their beautiful surroundings, and eat any animal that fits their large mouth. During the Night Trail, we watched an Indian Bull Frog as it hung around at the bullfrog pond.

Content Creator / Photographer:

Abhishek Uthappa





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