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Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra):

Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is a species of antelope native to the Indian subcontinent. Photos captured at Bannargatta National park.

This species is the only living species of the genus Antilope, and has been introduced in Texas and Argentina. It is one of the fastest of all terrestrial animals reaching to speeds of up to 80 km/h and is one of the few antelopes where males and females have distinctive coloration, as the male bucks are a distinctive black and white and have long twisted horns, while females are fawn coloured with no horns. In its scientific name Antilope cervicapra, ‘Antilope’ from ‘anthalops’ (Greek) a horned animal; ‘cervicapra’ from ‘cervus’ (Latin) a deer and ‘capra’ (Latin) a she-goat.

Blackbuck male

Blackbuck male (Juvenile)

Blackbuck male 2

Blackbuck male (Adult)

black buck female

Blackbuck Female (Juvenile)

black buck female2

Blackbuck Female (Adult)

Tiny Wonder – Hamster:

Scientific name: Mesocricetus auratus

Hamster close up, photographed at a farm house in Mysore.

Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. Hamsters are nocturnal, sleeping during the hot days and playing in the cooler evenings. They have very poor eyesight, colorblind and can see only up to 6 Inches in front of them but have a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing. Most species of hamsters have expandable cheek pouches in which they can carry food and bedding back to their burrow where they will store food.

Hamster

With potential life span of 2-3 years adult body weighs 100-150 grams (adult females are slightly larger than adult males) and Hamsters react to their names; can dig up to 3 Meters in the wild and remembers their relatives. Only a few hamster species are widely kept as pets but the hamster is the most popular of the smaller rodents kept as a pet in many countries today. So sad they are widely being used in test & research laboratories Worldwide!

A Prize catch – Sea Crab:

A fishermen boy holding and posing with his price catch a sea Crab, just caught fresh and very much alive at a beach front in Chennai, TN, India.

Crab sea front

Common Oriental Garden Lizard:

Common Oriental Garden Lizard posing with its catch.

Garden lizard

Common Indian Myna:

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis).

myna

The Common Myna widely appears under the name saarika in Indian culture from Vedic times, featuring both in classical Indian literature (Sanskrit) as well as in Prakrit Buddhist texts. The Sanskrit term shuksarika, which refers to the Rose-ringed Parakeet (shuk) and the Common Myna (saarika), is used to indicate a pair or a couple, probably because both birds are vocal and capable of mimicking human sound.

Myna2

In Sanskrit literature, the Common Myna has a number of names; most are descriptive of the appearance or behavior of the bird. In addition to saarika, the names for the Common Myna include kalahapriya, which means “one who is fond of arguments” referring to the quarrelsome nature of this bird; chitranetra, meaning “picturesque eyes”; peetanetra (one with yellow eyes) and peetapaad (one with yellow legs).

Painted Grasshopper:

Painted Grasshopper- Dactylotum bicolor:
Painted Grasshopper (Poekilocerus pictus) on Crown flower plant.

Multi-colored Gaudy grasshoppers feasting Crown flower plant leaves.
“Poekilocerus pictus belonging to Family Pyrogomorphinae (known for cryptic as well as bright colours hence called Gaudy Grasshoppers are also known for “Spear” shaped heads) is commonly known as Ak Grasshopper (and one of the many Painted Grasshoppers) and is one of the most colourful grasshoppers of India. Took at Chennai, TN India in a thickly wooded area.

The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow fore wings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60 mm and are capable of good flight.

Painted grasshopper

Rainbow grasshoper1

Rainbow grasshoper2