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Thattekad...the bugs , the reptiles , the crustaceans,and the amphibians....

Here's a TORTOISE BEETLE, one of the beautiful creatures we beheld on our trip to Thattekad, Kerala, where adarshraju and I visited the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.




tortoise beetle

I'll post later about the details of our journey, and the comfortable homestay we had; but this post is going to be about the various small creatures we saw in the Bird Sanctuary, and on the Periyar. I have already posted about the lizards, but here are some others:



Here are all the signs at the entrance of theSalim Ali Bird Sanctuary:

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary various signboards

We saw a wonderful variety of insects and butterflies....



Here's the SIGNATURE SPIDER, making the "X" that is part of its "signature" on its web:


signature spider


This one's the LUNA MOTH:


luna moth




We found this un id-ed, but beautiful, CATERPILLAR on the bamboo trunk:


un id cat on bamboo

I like SPITTLE BUGS, with their frothy nests...

spittle bug


This DAMSELFLY also looked very ethereal and pretty:


damselfly

I know only a few dragonflies by name, but the PADDYFIELD SKIMMER is one of them. Here's the male:


paddyfield skimmer male


And the female:


paddyfield skimmer female


I thought of mamtanaidu when I saw this snail. Id, anyone?





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Sudeesh told us this one is a YAMFLY:

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Karthik id'd this one tentatively as a FLAT. I could get a picture only because the rain stopped briefly and it was flying about:



"Flat" b'fly


We also spotted this MALABAR RAVEN:


malabar raven


This SLUG was crawling along on the trunk of a tree, all wet and slimy, as if the weather wasn't wet and slimy enough!

slug on tree trunk



Everywhere the GIANT WOOD SPIDERS had built their webs, and we often had to move out of their path:

Giant Wood Spider

On one tree trunk we ...er... spotted this LANTERN FLY:

lantern fly


And here's a SKIPPER, which Karthik id'd for me as a CHESTNUT BOB:


chestnut bob skipper


The sun, when it came shining through in brief intervals, shone on these webs:


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I have never seen RIVER CRABS before; I thought crabs were only found by the sea!


river crab (?)


The first evening, Sudeesh took us along the lane near our homestay, and we found this UN ID FROG (Adarsh says it is a bronze frog):


un id frog


Here's another frog in profile:

un id frog 170608 thattekad






The most amazing sight, of course, was the sight of two frogs mating right next to this UN ID SNAKE (Olive Keelback, is Adarsh's tentative id):


frogs mating near a snake

Here's Adarsh's picture of it, on INW:

http://www.indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=53607


The post about the various creatures mating in the monsoon rain is

here

and the one about the Draco is

here


Next post, the birds....and then, possibly, the trees....and then the mammals....;
Tags: birding, butterflies, kerala, moth, photography, reptile, travel, wildlife
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