As my friend Janhvi was going to do a trek to Turahalli State Forest as part of her Corporate Social Initiative (CSI), a few of us decided to join in.
True to the lacklustre response from her company, the usual number of people (two!) turned up....and we promptly hijacked the trek into a nature outing.
Here we are, at brefus before beginning the walk:
Akash, Janhvi, Anand, Subbu, Shoba, Padma and Ramaswamy
We started our walk from a point not known to regular visitors....and the lesser-travelled path proved to be extremely productive.
Several tiny flowers caught our eye.
Ground Orchid, Habenaria roxburghii:
The "Argyreia cuneata" name of this flower won't stick in my mind, but its common name, "Mahalungi" will, for the wrong reasons!
We were lucky to find this Ceropagia candelarbrum:
Tiny flowers of the Dodonea viscosa:
Some of us took a break to look up things:
We were also enchanted by some of the six-footers we saw. Sometimes the insects and flowers were together.
Blister beetle (on Clerodendron flowers):
Ants on Leucas species:
Crinium, or the Spider Lily:
Stachytarpeta, the Devil's Coach Whip:'
Such small beauties:
Gulaganji, or Abrus precatorius:
The tiny flower of the Bastard Sandal:
This Puffball mushroom had broken, showing beautifully-speckled spores:
A tiny fly on the Sarcostemma plant:
A Common Wanderer female:
A Bagworm Moth pupa:
A Hoverfly (that huge part of the head are just its two compound eyes!)
A Plain Tiger caterpillar:
A Geometer moth:
A Peninsular Rock Agama coming into breeding colours:
We did go over a few rocks:
Eggs on the Bastard Sandal:
A Shield or Stink Bug:
Even the Giant Wood Spider was smaller than usual!
The insects got tinier:
Of course, one of the highlights of the morning was sighting not one, but two
Very satisfied with all that we'd seen, we went home...looking forward to the next outing!