Being in Bangalore is bliss, a fact I realized after returning from Salem where we were almost baked by the heat. Summer is an awesome season. There are umpteen interesting things one can do in Summer – relish mangoes, travel to a faraway destination, impromptu visit to friends place, keep gazing at the trees in bloom…. the list is endless .
I can spend hours together gazing at trees. Other than the beautiful blooms, on keen observation one cannot miss out the drama that takes place with the tree as the stage. A photo story of the Shikra and the Crow fighting with each other unfolds below.
One late afternoon after lunch I settled down on the sofa to have a nap but my attention was drawn to a relentless call of a crow. I stepped out into the balcony to see what was happening. The bahunia tree was in full bloom with lots of bees and butterflies on it. The crow was calling out loudly at a Shikra which was holding on to a prey on this tree.
Shikra holding its prey
Persistent crow trying to snatch the prey from the Shikra
Shikra gets irritated with the crow and flies away
The crow was trying to snatch the prey from the Shikra. The Shikra started to eat when the crow persistently irritated it. The Shikra did try to scare the crow away. Finally the Shikra flew away with the prey. Undoubtedly it was a well spent afternoon for my kids too who watched this drama with bated breath.
Nature is fascinating, and some of Nature’s best work is illustrated by animals that have evolved and adapted to mimic leaves. Leaf mimics use an extraordinary type of camouflage to evade detection from predators or prey. These insects mimic leaves by using leaf like color patterns.
As usual I was browsing through my garden for insects when I noticed a small leaf bit on the stalk of the palm. It was unusual for a piece of leaf to be there, On having a closer look I found that it was a bug which was bright green in color with veins mimicking a leaf.
Their eyes are yellow and the head comes to point, giving this insect a torpedo shape and an aerodynamic structure. It is called the Torpedo bug (Siphanta acuta). The name Torpedo bug is believed to be derived from the nymphs ability to jump large distances.
My garden keeps springing up such lovely surprises every now and then, one of the reasons being avoiding pesticides as far as possible . Many insects like the Praying mantis , Palmfly , Giant redeye, Paper wasps , Jumping spiders etc have thrived here and entertained me. Hope to keep discovering !
Scientists have been trying to mimic leaves for a different reason – Energy , for more information click on the links below
An interesting link where Scientists have tried to mimic a leaf to improve the efficiency of solar panels
Another link where scientists are trying to duplicate one of nature’s greatest tricks, pulling energy out of thin air by mimicking leaves .