Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Critters of Thodikana

         The trek to Devaragundi waterfalls gave us a wonderful opportunity to sight various magnificent life forms. Most of these are endemic to this region (western ghats) .
        Butterflies are always the most interesting and colorful creatures to spot. Though we have spotted Malabar Banded Peacock  many times , this was the first time it posed for us, though for a few seconds. Usually its a very busy butterfly giving us less opportunity to capture it .
Malabar Banded Peacock
Malabar Banded Peacock (Swallow Tailed)
Common Fourring
Malabar Raven
          Scientific Names of the Butterflies in the above photos :
1 Malabar Banded Peacock : Papilio buddha (Belongs to family :Papilionidae) Endemic
2 Common Fourring :Ypthima huebneri (Belongs to family :Nymphalids)
3 Malabar Raven : Papilio dravidarum (Belongs to family :Papilionidae) Endemic

   The various life forms spotted by us :
Spirostrepid Millipede
Pill Millipede (Endemic)
Damsel Fly
 Green Damsel
Beetle
Moth
Long Legged Flies
Hoppers at Work
Snail
    Lovely place to trek and wonderful waterfalls, looks magical especially during monsoons and post monsoon.


12 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful... Loved all the pics...

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  2. Beautiful set of shots. The butterflies are awesome.

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  3. These are some really nice images...quite like the 'peacock' butterfly :)

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  4. All pictures are awesome. You must also spot them to capture it:) I may not see such things.

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  5. Superb photos! I especially liked the Malabar Banded Peacock. Nice colours!

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  6. Thodikana & Devaragundi are surely great pockets of nature's glory. Your pictures are brilliant.

    The pill millipede resembles a nautilus shell and the snail in the last pic. reminded me of a rotting banana ! :-)

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  7. I've few more pics of Pill Millepede here
    http://www.enidhi.net/2009/10/nature-self-defence-mechanism.html

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