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Saevus brings you short stories of life from the undergrowth, which often escape our attention but are of immense importance in the natural world. The very sight of a swarm of red ants can make your face twitch with the recollection

The Pathogenic Fungus on the Cicada infects and kills the insect. Milind Vachhani recounts his experience of research from their recently travelled photography tour at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station with Vipul Ramanuj (Wildark) in July 2018. Many cicada species suffer from fungal

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 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

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

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

Creepy crawlies or intelligent species, whichever way you look, the multi-legged wonders are hard-working terrestrial creatures. Centipedes and millipedes are not insects but are more closely related to lobsters, crayfish and shrimp. However, unlike their marine cousins, millipedes and centipedes are

Mother Nature has her own ways of providing food to each species present on earth. Indranil Bannerjee shares one such unique mechanism of survival in the insect world. Eucharitid Wasps are probably the most fashionable parasitic wasp in the insect world