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The Animal Kingdom

An Arachnopus belonging to the Droseraceae family, the Drosera indica is an insectivore found in the tropics. The Drosera indica is one of the carnivorous plants found in tropical regions worldwide. The nomenclature of the plant originates from the Greek, droseros

The Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum) belongs to the Trinochydae family and is a large riverine species found in rivers and reservoirs in Northern and Central India. The authors recount their surprised delight to have found one of this

The Malabar pit viper, also know as rock viper, is a master of camouflage.  It is venomous and deadly in its precision when striking its prey. These nocturnal reptiles are found on ground rocks and trees near streams in South-western

The rains are a signal for butterflies to lay their eggs on young host plants. Follow the incredible metamorphosis of the majestic Orange awlet from larva stage, through a chrysalis to spread its wings for the author to capture the

Often ignored by wildlife photographers and enthusiasts, the Nilgiri langur(Trachypithecus johnii) and the Capped langur(Trachypithecus pileatus) are equally vibrant and dynamic as their more famous counterparts, the widely photographed Lion-tailed Macaque and Golden Langur… … a brief glimpse into their

A tale of ants and aphids… or maybe, of the free childcare services provided by ants to the blue caterpillars. Ants are important, highly effective and even specialized predators of many other insect species. But at the same time, a complex

Toadstools and gnomes can be found in quite a few fairy tales and folktales across the world. While some can be edible or have medicinal properties, most of the wild mushrooms found are harmful for human consumption if ingested… July /

Spiders are so needed, and yet so misunderstood. They have, in fact, coined a term to describe the fear of spiders! Arachnophobia! And yet, one can but marvel at the amazing shapes, geometric precision and quality of their spun webs. We

Known and named after their edible nests, certain species of Swiftlets in India and SE Asia have seen their homes being illegally harvested for centuries for commercial gain. Experts recommend that a regulated process of harvesting would serve to benefit

Keats had said, “Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow endless bliss”. Lessons in courtship from nature, captured in the frame for posterity. I was on a trip to the Joypur forest (of West Bengal, India) one