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Small Wonders

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.

Belonging to the largest parasitoid superfamily Ichneumonoidea, the Ichneumon wasp feeds upon and kills their hosts to survive. The Ichneumonidae are parasitoid wasp family within the order Hymenoptera. In general, parasitoids kill their hosts of Coleoptera (beetles), Hymenoptera (wasps) and Lepidoptera

Molting, or the process of shedding old and degenerated skin for a new one in insects and animals, is a way of regeneration. All insects have segmented bodies made up of many small sections. Insects have three major body divisions,

 Mud-puddling is a conspicuous behavior amongst Lepidoptera and other creatures, mainly insects, where they seek out nutrients needed for survival from moist things such as mud, rotting leaf cover or carrion. Follow the account of a surprise sighting of a

Whenever we hear the term ‘Robber Fly’, the first thing that come to our mind’s eye is a femme fatale or a vampiric version of the insectivora family, who sucks out the life-force of other insects, and sometimes from their

In this section, Saevus brings to you short stories of life from the undergrowth. These often escape our attention but they can be of immense importance in the natural world. Predators lurk in every nook and corner in the undergrowth. Most

The art of tracking your prey, lulling them to a placid state by enacting a false sense of solidarity, and then finally springing the trap – all are the traits of a master assassin, as seen with  a jumping spider

Often seen as a major nuisance and hazard to public health, the common housefly is a ubiquitous insect—so much so that their presence is simply taken for granted. Yet, it packs a mighty punch within its diminutive frame. We take

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