Posts Tagged ‘photography’

In the water, in the sun, Lalbagh, 090418

April 9, 2018

Put your head out of the water.
Get a bit of sun.
Try to get some breakfast…
Without becoming one!

IMG_4143//deepa%20mohan

Lalbagh, 9 Apr ’18

Advertisements

4th Sunday outing, March ’18, and bird census: Hoskote kere, 250318

March 27, 2018

Email to bngbirds egroup:

IMG_3107

I had been toying with the idea of making Hoskote kere the venue for the 4th Sunday outing, when the email from Swaroop and his team arrived, announcing the bird count there. That made the decision easy, and several of us gathered at 6.30am at the Gangamma temple on the bund of the lake.
IMG_3120

We had a good mix of experts and newbies, children and adults, binoculars and bazookas 😀

IMG_3124

Swaroop and his team

IMG_3122

sent us in several directions, to see what we could see, and document what we saw. The paths were as as follows:

Dipu K, et al: north west edge
Rajneesh Suvarna, et al: Raghavendra Talkies
Vinay Bharadwaj, et al: east edge
Ashwin Viswanathan. et al: west edge:
Deepa Mohan, et al: Meeting point plus south-west edge

I was happy to take the children from Om Shri School along, as part of the initiative to involve schools.I found the children very interested; they patiently learnt how to use my binoculars, used the scope often, and asked a lot of questions too. I was able to show them almost all the birds that we sighted, and the bird scope was used well!

I started off with group, looking at the woodland birds in the plant clutter on both sides of the road. As the mist slowly lifted, we walked down the path with the lake waters along both sides. I have never before been able to walk past the "isthmus" that juts out into the water; in fact, a couple of months ago, the lake was so brimful of water that birders could not go down at all, and had to be content with birding from the bund along the Gangamma temple.

Robins, sunbirds, prinias and others were pointed out but then we got a few Baillon's Crakes

IMG_3157

in the water hyacinth at water level, and most of us got busy clicking these usually skulky and shy birds, which will soon begin their migration.

IMG_3169

IMG_3169

Garganeys

IMG_3237

But our "regulars"….the Spot-billed Pelicans, Little Grebes, Coots, and Herons (like this Grey Heron)

IMG_3119

kept us all occupied as we watched them. There were Black and Brahminy Kites in the air, joined by a lone Marsh Harrier, another winter visitor which was looking for prey. Rosy Pastors

IMG_3212

flew over the water and settled in the dry trees. We saw Barn Swallows,

IMG_3256

as well as the Red-rumped, Wire-tailed, and Streak-throated variety.

It was nice to see both kinds of Jacanas, Pheasant-tailed

IMG_3223

IMG_3221

and Bronze-winged,

IMG_3198

in the lake; similarly, Yellow, Grey and White-browed Wagtails flew around. One "dip" was the Pied Kingfisher, but we spotted the Small Blue and the White-throated Kingfishers.

Glossy Ibis

IMG_3209

Blyth's Reed Warbler

IMG_3204

Schoolchildren, along with the teacher, using the scope and binoculars

IMG_3235

Our group

IMG_3258

The children of Om Shri School

IMG_3263

Sandpipers, too, made their appearance, flying around with their typical calls. We noted Egrets, both Intermediate and Small. Spot-billed Ducks and Garganeys flew over the water and settled down, and were quite easy to show to the children. In fact, I was wondering if the children, or the schoolmaster who accompanied them, could take so many names thrown at them at the same time! I know I would have found it difficult to remember. But their interest did not flag, and after a certain point, it was I who had to call them back to return. It is very satisfying to be able to show people a whole lot of birds on their first outing!

Ants

IMG_3246

Water cabbage, an acquatic plant:

IMG_3185

Line-up of many of my group:

IMG_3267

Valli and Janhvi helped me with the app and physical paper entries, and we had to catch up with the bird names every now and then, as each of us spotted different birds! It was nice to have a problem of plenty.

Fish caught at the lake is sold on the bund every morning.

IMG_3268

Children on the lake reaches

IMG_3183

An array of snacks, including Manoj's mom-made alu parathas, kept us going.

IMG_3240

Return we did, to a hearty breakfast provided by the Karnataka Forest Department (KFD).

IMG_3269

Some of the teams whose transects were further afield did not return for a while, but all of us were very satisfied birders that morning! It sometimes happens that some paths have less birds ( on a census/bird count, it's our duty just to record what see, whether the numbers are lower or higher) but it's a great feeling when everyone returns with a satisfactory count of species. One group sighted the Eurasian Wryneck, which is a new bird-sighting for this lake.

Thanks to Valli, I met Arun and his friend, from the Andamans, and they gave us insights into the birding scene where they come from.

Our grateful thanks to Swaroop and team who provided us a great opportunity to see the variety of birds that Hoskote kere has to offer. Swaroop, Praveen and Nagabhushana say that 126 species were sighted during the morning, by over 120 volunteers! A big thank you for providing this opportunity for the 4th Sunday outing.

IMG_3276

Fishing boats

IMG_3118

For the next few months, we will concentrate more on the resident birds in and around our city, and bid goodbye to our winter visitors.

The eBird checklist for my group is

here

Swaroop will provide the links to the other checklists.

I have put up my photographs (not by a DSLR camera, and not only birds…there is even a photo of some beautiful ants!) on my FB album,

here

Cheers, Deepa.

Art in commerce

March 23, 2018

I think it’s a human trait to introduce an aesthetic appeal into the most mundane tasks imaginable. Surely, one would not think twice about the peanuts one purchases from the pushcart vendors, whose paper cones are getting so slender that they may accommodate only a few groundnuts.

IMG_9558

But the very selection of those recycled papers for the cones, and their arrangement, is so attractive visually…a fine example of art in commerce!

A special outing, for special children. Ragihalli, 160318

March 16, 2018

Today (16th Mar, ’18), I took the children of

Snehadhara Foundation

for an outdoor/nature trip to Ragihalli. Was the trip worth it? Emphatically, yes! The children smelt some fruit, felt the texture of some leaves, got distracted by the butterflies…and took care of each other in the most heartwarming way.

The children had visited Lalbagh and Cubbon Park and wanted to go to “actual forest” as one of the more articulate children put it. Certainly, Ragihalli, in the Bannerghatta National Park, fit the bill!

We started from Snehadhara, in J P Nagar, at about 8 am,

IMG_2533

and though we navigated Bannerghatta Road quite well, the road deteriorated as we approached Ragihalli, and indeed, with road-laying work, the road was blocked at the village itself, about 3km short of Adavi Field Station.

IMG_2527

Nagesh, Dhanu, Shivanaja, and Akshath took care of us while we were there. Dhanu,

IMG_2575

whose father Manjunath runs the eatery in Ragihalli where we always stop for piping hot thatte iddli, is quite a keen birder himself, having Akshath as a senior in school, and being trained by him.The field station is willing to conduct bird walks in the area for those who are interested. I took the children from Pramiti School there last month, and so had no hesitation in taking the Snehadhara children there. (Though if I’d known about the road condition, I might have asked for two vans rather than a large bus.)

Our bus negotiated the drive-around with difficulty. It also happened that the area had no power since 5pm the previous day, so Nagesh, his brother Shivananja, and my other friend Akshath….all their phones were without charge, and unreachable.

However, we reached after a delay, and before Akshath took us for a walk, we had a little bit of loosening up and a game of “actions” under the large banyan tree.

IMG_2553

Our walk led us through the mulberry plants, and under large trees, to a rock formation where we sat peacefully,

IMG_2561

admiring the view over the hill ranges of the Bannerghatta National Park.

IMG_2563

IMG_2569

Though humid, the cloudy weather enabled us to sit outdoors without worrying about the heat of the sun. We walked back to the field station, where the children had their lunch,

IMG_2573

and then slowly drove back from the scrub jungle of Ragihalli to the concrete jungle of Bangalore.

I showed some children and adults various wild flowers, put together in a tiny bouquet

IMG_2571<

cultivated ones like this Pomegranate,

IMG_2553

Cotton

IMG_2568

plants, and some birds. The children definitely seemed to enjoy the outing. We got a few fresh mangoes,

IMG_2576

and I feasted on fresh, sweet tamarind from the trees. My personal delight was sighting a rare tree (Firmiana colorata,also called Coloured Sterculia, the last two photos of the album) on the way home through a route that bypassed Ragihalli (the actual village).

IMG_2578

Thank you to Snehadhara for providing me with this opportunity to interact with the children. Sunny temparaments like that of Aravind (always with a smile on his face, and so curious about my camera and binoculars!), and quiet personalities like Karthik’s were equally fascinating to watch. And…I found that Swetha was my neighbour! The teachers
IMG_2527

were so patient and loving with the children, and there was so much happiness in the air!

The cloudy weather ensured that the children did not tire, and it was a very enjoyable trip indeed.

My photos are up on my FB album

here

No…I didn’t click the birds or the butterflies…I was concentrating on the children this time!

On Monday, all going well, I will be taking the wheelchair-bound children (who could not do the Ragihalli walk) to the IIMB campus, where very different kinds of minds will meet, as IIMB kindly allows me to bring special children into an academically high-performance campus for the first time.

Bannerghatta National Park, Monthly Bird Survey, 100318

March 13, 2018

Since I was not able to go for the inaugurual (Feb ’18) monthly bird survey, I went to participate in the March survey.

The survey is across four ranges, Anekal, Bannerghatta, Harohalli and Kodigere, and will be held on the second Saturday of every month for a year, to give a holistic picture of bird life in the Bannerghatt National Park over the annual period.

IMG_1973
Birds of Karnataka, display board at Kalkere.

IMG_1978
Volunteers gathering for the survey

I got the Kalkere State Forest transect, BTL (Bannerghatta Transect Line) 1. My team-mates were:

Forest Guard Michael
Albert Ranjith
Byomakesh Palai
Pervez Younus

IMG_1980
Michael, Pervez,Byomakesh, Albert

We stopped every 10 minutes, took the GPS co-ordinates, and then moved on.

IMG_1991

The Kalkere State Forest was much more productive in terms of birds than I thought it would be, because the city has actually spread beyond this forest patch now.

IMG_2025

We passed some quarried rock, which gave a sad look to the landscape.

IMG_2024

However, the good thing was that the depressions had formed rock pools:

IMG_2019

Our trail was quite scenic, even if it was not heavy forest:

IMG_2033

However, the scrub forest was very interesting, and we got several birds. Here are some I managed to click.

Greater or Southern Coucal, drinking water at the edge of the rock pool:

IMG_2022

Oriental White-eye:

IMG_1988

Shikra:
IMG_2002

Green Bee-eater:

IMG_2011

Jerdon’s Bushlark:

IMG_2052

Black-winged Kite:

IMG_2038

Oriental Honey Buzzard:

IMG_2045

Indian Peafowl (this is a peacock in the glory of full breeding plumage):

IMG_2014

Vipin was our organizer for the Bannerghatta range, and I found him very sincere and hard-working. Here he is, taking notes with a forest guard:

IMG_2032

An excellent breakfast of iddli was provided midway through the transect:

IMG_2036

I did not restrict myself to observing only the birds; here are some other interesting beings:

Milkweed:
IMG_2043

Peninsular Rock Agama:

IMG_2044

Two unidentified but beautiful flowering plants:

IMG_2046

This was a tiny plant growing in the path!

IMG_2007

An un-id insect with huge eyes:

IMG_2059

A dragonfly:

IMG_2034

the Flame of the Forest, Butea monosperma, in full bloom:

IMG_1989

Tired, but mentally refreshed by the morning, and the beauty of the scrub forest

IMG_2012

I left for Mysore to take part in the Ranganathittu Bird Census the next morning.

The Flickr album of the survey is

here

and my FB album is

here

Ragihalli with Pramiti School, 190218

February 19, 2018

I took 16 children from

Pramiti School

to

Adavi Field Station

AFS. Adavi Field Station, Onte Maren Doddi, Ragihalli (Post), Anekal(Taluk), Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083

Here’s the view of the beautiful rock formations of Bannerghatta National Park from the road:

IMG_0337

Anand and Mahesh were very helpful. The farmer, Shivananja, showed us around his land, talking about how they use cowdung as manure since it is plentifully available (leaf litter is not specifically composted here).

Here is Sushma, discussing composting with Shivananja, Anand and Mahesh, with little Varsha, who had a slight fever and did not go to school, listening:

IMG_0304

Nupura

IMG_0322

and Tarun

IMG_0301

kept meticulous notes. We were also shown around, and we really did go around the mulberry bush!

IMG_0300

IMG_0308

We saw how the silkworms feed on the mulberry leaves

IMG_0314

Mulberries when ripe are very sweet to eat, but it was not yet the season for them.

IMG_0311

Shivananja showed us one local variety of mulberry, not favoured now as the leaves are smaller and the foliage less dense.

IMG_0310

Here’s one worm, growing fat (the worms eat voraciously, growing many times in size, before pupating)

IMG_0317

Here is the pupa of the silkworm; the pupae are boiled alive to extract the silk.

IMG_0320

The farmers sell the live pupae, which are plucked from the palm-frond frames, directly. The boiling and reeling are done later. Here is a video I took long ago, of the stinking silk waste being picked up by Brahminy Kites:

The children settled down for the packed lunch that had been brought:

IMG_0327

The stuffed parathas were tasty.

IMG_0328

We returned back to the waiting van

IMG_0333

You can see the rest of the album

here

The highlights, for me, were spotting an old friend, Ashwath (second from left)

IMG_0329

a Black Eagle

IMG_0299

and a sports-car-bus:

IMG_0339

Savandurga, 081017

October 11, 2017

It was just four of us: Padma, Ramaswamy, Srini and I… who decided to go to

Savandurga

on a misty monsoon morning.

IMG_2133

Sign in Kannada for our destination:

IMG_2130

The mist in the trees…

IMG_2119

Which slowly cleared up:

IMG_2076

Our activities attracted a lot of attention!

IMG_2089

We did see a lot of birds…here are some.

Black Drongos

IMG_2081

This Ashy Prinia presented a cartoony view.

IMG_2069

Green Bee-eater with dragonfly catch

IMG_2125

Laughing Dove

IMG_2132

The butterflies were out in force, too!

Yellow Orange-tip

IMG_2139

IMG_2190

Dark Blue Tiger

IMG_2155

Plain Tiger caterpillar

IMG_2090

Pointed Ciliate Blue

IMG_2157

IMG_2175

Common Wanderer

IMG_2182

Dark Grass Blue

IMG_2165

Common Gull

IMG_2187

Here’s Srini, delighted with the way a butterfly trustingly climbed on to his finger (if one wipes one’s perspiration off, they are attracted to the minerals in the fluid)

IMG_2253

That was the Pointed Ciliate Blue again.

IMG_2250

Some of the insects we saw included this White-tailed Damselfly

IMG_2108

and this beautiful Copper Beetle (at least, that’s what I named it!)

IMG_2113

Wildflowers were varied and plentiful.

IMG_2111

Here’s a lovely Balloon Vine:

IMG_2123

Mexican Poppy

IMG_2137

Gossypium sp (Mallow)

IMG_2239

Waterlilies in a pond

IMG_2268

Even seed pods can look stunning

IMG_2263

Mushrooms

IMG_2100

Dabbaguli was one of the places we stopped at

IMG_2068

And just outside the town, we spotted a bonus…the Jungle Nightjar!

IMG_2145

IMG_2143

IMG_2146

Padma brought her tasty cutlets, and we feasted on them

IMG_2140

Later we also had some local breakfast.

IMG_2207

We stopped near two old temples, the Shaivite sAvaNdi veerabhadraswAmy and bhadrakAlamma temple

IMG_2218

and the Vaishnavite Lakshmi Narasimha temple

IMG_2225

Here’s narasimhA, the man-lion avatAr of Vishnu, with His consort Lakshmi, who is his laptop…

IMG_2231

The deities were being taken out in procession, which was a nice bonus.

IMG_2266

This life-like dog in a vendor’s stall nearly had me fooled.

IMG_2228

Part of this temple seemed lost in dreams of another time….

IMG_2215

Some rather risky rock-climbing was going on.

IMG_2226

The scenery was stunning:

IMG_2213

IMG_2199

IMG_2200

It was on the rocky outcrop in the centre that we spotted three Egyptian vultures.

IMG_2291

IMG_2289

IMG_2283

IMG_2280

We returned home, well pleased with our morning, stopping to say “bye” to this Oriental Garden Lizard which also seemed to be having a swinging time.

IMG_2312

Looking forward to the next weekend outing…!

A Mushroom..a Fun Guy!

August 29, 2017

Mushrooms or Toadstools

are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source.
I’ve been amazed at the variety of mushrooms that, er, mushroom during the monsoons. Here are some:

A group of mushrooms:

vndna mshrm 231115
Pic: Vandana Murthy

Mushrooms go by different names, such as “bolete”, “puffball”, “stinkhorn”, and “morel”, and gilled mushrooms themselves are often called “agarics”.

Puffball mushroom:

IMG_0404

Saucer mushrooms:

DSC03577

IMG_5970

Their spores, called basidiospores, are produced on the gills and fall in a fine rain of powder from under the caps as a result.

Bracket mushrooms:

IMG_1198

Scalloped edges:

IMG_8978

Many species of mushrooms seemingly appear overnight, growing or expanding rapidly. This phenomenon is the source of several common expressions in the English language including “to mushroom” or “mushrooming” (expanding rapidly in size or scope) and “to pop up like a mushroom” (to appear unexpectedly and quickly). In reality all species of mushrooms take several days to form

The classic “toadstool” shape:

IMG_1346

Mustard-coloured:

IMG_9187

Though mushroom fruiting bodies are short-lived, the underlying network can itself be long-lived and massive. A colony of Armillaria solidipes (formerly known as Armillaria ostoyae) in Malheur National Forest in the United States is estimated to be 2,400 years old, possibly older, and spans an estimated 2,200 acres

Bright orange:

IMG_1337

Greenish:

DSC05431

Mushrooms are used extensively in cooking, in many cuisines (notably Chinese, Korean, European, and Japanese). Though neither meat nor vegetable, mushrooms are known as the “meat” of the vegetable world.[21]

Most mushrooms sold in supermarkets have been commercially grown on mushroom farms. The most popular of these, Agaricus bisporus, is considered safe for most people to eat because it is grown in controlled, sterilized environments. Several varieties of these are grown commercially, including whites, crimini, and portobello. Other cultivated species available at many grocers include Hericium erinaceus, shiitake, maitake (hen-of-the-woods),

Fan-shaped ones:

IMG_5142

Rosette-shaped:

IMG_3609

People who collect mushrooms for consumption are known as mycophagists, collecting them is known as mushroom hunting, or simply “mushrooming”.

Looking like a human brain!

IMG_8184

IMG_8193

This one was more than 6 inches in diameter:

IMG_7868

You can see the human foot for reference:

IMG_7858

More generally, and particularly with gilled mushrooms, separating edible from poisonous species requires meticulous attention to detail; there is no single trait by which all toxic mushrooms can be identified, nor one by which all edible mushrooms can be identified. Additionally, even edible mushrooms may produce allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, from a mild asthmatic response to severe anaphylactic shock.

Stunning lilac ones:

IMG_8192

Mushrooms with psychoactive properties have long played a role in various native medicine traditions in cultures all around the world. They have been used as sacrament in rituals aimed at mental and physical healing, and to facilitate visionary states. One such ritual is the velada ceremony. A practitioner of traditional mushroom use is the shaman or curandera.Mushrooms can be used for dyeing wool and other natural fibers, too.

IMG_8191

But of course, the best use of mushrooms, for me, is as food! Here’s one of the eateries around Hessarghatta, which specializes in mushroom (khumbh) dishses:

Hotel Oyster at Hessarghatta:

IMG_4316

Here’s a mushroom dish at the eatery:

IMG_2371

A most interesting and complex organism…that’s why I say that a mushroom is an example of a “fun guy”!

Layers:

IMG_5318

A delicate umbrella:

IMG_8094

The tinies of Turahalli, 120817

August 15, 2017

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

IMG_7058

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.

Andrographis serpyllifolia:

IMG_7071/deepa.mohan

Commelina sp:

IMG_7073/deepa.mohan

Ground Orchid, Habenaria roxburghii:

IMG_7079/deepa.mohan

The “Argyreia cuneata” name of this flower won’t stick in my mind, but its common name, “Mahalungi” will, for the wrong reasons!

IMG_7084/deepa.mohan

We were lucky to find this Ceropagia candelarbrum:

IMG_7108/deepa.mohan

Tiny flowers of the Dodonea viscosa:

IMG_7146/deepa.mohan

Some of us took a break to look up things:

IMG_7147/deepa.mohan

Unknown:

IMG_7089/deepa.mohan

We were also enchanted by some of the six-footers we saw. Sometimes the insects and flowers were together.

Blister beetle (on Clerodendron flowers):

IMG_7083

Ants on Leucas species:

IMG_7088/deepa.mohan

Sarcostemma acidum:

IMG_7130/deepa.mohan

Crinium, or the Spider Lily:

IMG_7194/deepa.mohan

Stachytarpeta, the Devil’s Coach Whip:’

IMG_7156/deepa.mohan

Such small beauties:

IMG_7161/deepa.mohan

Gulaganji, or Abrus precatorius:

IMG_7163/deepa.mohan

The tiny flower of the Bastard Sandal:

IMG_7104/deepa.mohan

This Puffball mushroom had broken, showing beautifully-speckled spores:

IMG_7091/deepa.mohan

A tiny fly on the Sarcostemma plant:

IMG_7133/deepa.mohan

A Common Wanderer female:

IMG_7167/deepa.mohan

A Bagworm Moth pupa:

IMG_7095/deepa.mohan

A Hoverfly (that huge part of the head are just its two compound eyes!)

IMG_7147/deepa.mohan

A Plain Tiger caterpillar:

IMG_7111/deepa.mohan

A Geometer moth:

IMG_7116/deepa.mohan

A Peninsular Rock Agama coming into breeding colours:

IMG_7140/deepa.mohan

We did go over a few rocks:

IMG_7152/deepa.mohan

Eggs on the Bastard Sandal:

IMG_7123/deepa.mohan

A Shield or Stink Bug:

IMG_7153/deepa.mohan

Even the Giant Wood Spider was smaller than usual!

IMG_7155/deepa.mohan

The insects got tinier:

IMG_7110/deepa.mohan

Of course, one of the highlights of the morning was sighting not one, but two

Atlas Moths

IMG_7203/deepa.mohan

Very satisfied with all that we’d seen, we went home…looking forward to the next outing!

The Atlas Moth, 120817

August 15, 2017

IMG_7203

We have a huge variety of moths in the world, but one of the most spectacular is the

The [Atlas Moth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attacus_atlas), which is found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, and is common across the Malay archipelago.

The Atlas moth was held to be the largest moth in the world, before the

[Hercules Moth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coscinocera_hercules) relegated it to second place. However, it still remains one of the most spectacular moths one can see!

We were very lucky to see two of these moths on a nature walk at Turahalli State Forest, on 120817.

These Saturniid moths have wingspans reaching over 25 cm (9.8 in). Females are appreciably larger and heavier than the males.

Atlas moths are said to be named after either the Titan of Greek mythology, or their map-like wing patterns. In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as “snake’s head moth”, referring to the apical extension of the forewing, which bears a more than passing resemblance to a snake’s head.

Here are the beautiful, feathery antennae of the moth:

IMG_7205

In India, Atlas moths are cultivated for their silk in a non-commercial capacity; unlike that produced by the related silkworm moth (Bombyx mori), Atlas moth silk is secreted as broken strands. This brown, wool-like silk is thought to have greater durability and is known as “fagara”.

Females are sexually passive, releasing powerful pheromones which males detect and home in on with the help of chemoreceptors located on their large feathery antennae. Males may thus be attracted from several kilometres downwind! The females do not wander far from their chrysalis.

After mating, the female lays about spherical eggs,

I was equally struck by the beauty of the moth’s thorax.

IMG_7210

Another amazing fact…the adult moth has no mouth parts, and cannot eat! Adult Atlas m only live for a few days…finding mates and reproducing within that time. Dusty-green caterpillars hatch after about two weeks. Theyfeed voraciously on the foliage of certain citrus and other evergreen trees.The caterpillars are adorned with fleshy spines along their backs which are covered in a waxy white substance. After reaching a length of about 115 millimetres (4.5 in), the caterpillars pupate within a papery cocoon interwoven into desiccated leaves. The adult moths emerge after about four weeks.

Here’s the moth whith its wings folded:

IMG_7245

We were extremely lucky to see not one, but two moths in the wild…it’s an experience that will stay with us for a lifetime!

IMG_7207