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The Animal Kingdom

Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) are a species of arboreal ants famed for their unique nest building behavior. These eusocial insects of the family Formicide (order Hymenoptera) are found in tropical Asia and Australia. Worker ants of this species construct nests using

What would you do if you encountered a black bear while walking through a lonely stretch of forest? Farha Mukri recounts her Goldilocks experience while on a hiking trip in Shenandoah National Park. “There is a bear down that path,” said

Come monsoon and the barren Kaas blossoms into a floral carpet that makes you fall in love with it

On World Elephant Day, we ponder on the fate of the pachyderm and its interaction wit humans. India is one of the seventeen megadiverse countries of the world. Being home to 7-8% of the world’s recorded species, from top predators such

Predators detect and locate their prey via sensory signals like sight, smell, sound and touch, as well a few uncommon ones. Predatory animals use different senses like sight, smell, hearing for catching their prey and later feasting on it. But,

Tracking the elusive tiger in Pench Wildlife Sanctuary, the famed ‘collarwali’ tigress and her litter is a tale worth sharing. The word ‘tiger’ excites and enthuses most people with the images it conjures up of India’s national animal striding gracefully and

The Nasikabatrachus  sahyadrensis, commonly known as the Purple frog, shared the world with the dinosaurs 70 million years ago. Considered a ‘once-in-a-century’ find, it has established a new frog family, Nasikabatrachidae, and is the solitary representative of the family. The Purple

Survival of lifeforms is directly correlated to the directional paths of trophic energy, or food chains, with a sequence of links starting with basal species and producers and ending with consumer organisms, with the apex predators at the top of

God’s creations come in all sizes. Be it the mighty towering giraffe, or the cane toad, differing sizes result in differing survival techniques. Adapting to their surroundings, these animals have mastered the art of procuring food while battling adverse situations

The Phamatodea order of insects are an amazing study of clever camouflage and evolution. Something moved beside me and I thought it was a grass / twig. Closer inspection revealed this beauty to me. It is an Indian Stick Mantis.