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The Animal Kingdom

The sweet coo-coo of the Koel reminds most of us of lazy childhood summers with songs and stories. Excerpts from mythological folklore and household lores of just how sweet the Koel is, the word “sweet” not only referring to her

A Passion for Butterflies Butterflies have always amazed me, with their fluttering whereabouts and flitting stances. Though not a photography buff, the sheer wish to observe them made me pursue the tracking and observation of more than 45 species of butterflies,

Mother’s Day aka May 14th and you see all marketing gimmicks crooning about the virtues of a mother’s love – selfless, unconditional and an epitome of giving. And they make you feel incomplete if you don’t smother dear mommy with

Among the great variety of collective activities performed by social insects (ants, termites and some species of bees and wasps), the ability to build homes is certainly the most spectacular. Some insects are master architects and design utility-based homes with

Nestled in the outskirts of Kolkata along the DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation) canal is a peri-urban conglomeration called Baidyabati. Currently an area under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, Baidyabati is paradise for both butterflies and birds. Although much of the

Homes are our security blanket from the world outside. Similarly, in the animal kingdom, homes are important because they shield and nurture, protect and comfort; so much so that some species insist on carrying their homes with them at all times Lacewing larvae: What

All of us must have encountered mantises. They are attracted to light in the evening, flying in after the other smaller insects that come in seeking warmth. This would be a more common occurrence in rural areas or urban spaces

The Western Ghats is an ancient mountain range that runs along the west coast of India from Kerala till the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot, having some of the rarest species found

Moments spent in the wild will always bring to you experiences that will astound you; when you think you have seen it all, you are surprised by events that you never thought you would hear about or see. Our author, the ex-Field Director