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Snail on Leaf:

Close up of snail on leaf image spotted at my back yard. We all come across these and many other creatures but a very few make use of converting these casual small critters into a good photographic subject. Sensing the danger due to movements and distractions caused by me it retracted its body into the shell and I had to wait for a few minutes to make its way and move so that I could capture the whole body and the movement. At last snail won the race as I ran out of time and patience and be contented with the one what I captured. Lesson learnt is “Patience pays”.

snail on leaf

Spotted beetle family:

It pays to get up early in the morning especially for people with photography interest. I consider these visuals as precious one as I could catch the entire family in action. Feasting ladybug beetle family insects in Garden background at Chennai Tamilnadu India.

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Common Picture Wing Dragonfly:

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female). Like butterflies, these have pictures on their wings, so the name ‘common picture wing’. And they look like butterflies at first sight.

Species name: Rhyothemis variegata Family: Libellulidae Order: Odonata

Common picture Dragonfly

Identifications: Eyes are brown-black in color. Thorax has a greenish golden yellow color, abdomen and legs black. Major portion of the wings are transparent, but shining. Tip of the wings have brown markings and a black spot, towards the end. On the forewings there are two brown markings towards the center, one on the edge. Hind wings have one prominent marking at the center on the edge. And towards the base there are more golden yellow and brown markings.

The pattern on the wings for female is bit different,almost similar to the male except the pattern on wings and abdomen color. Abdomen is less blackish compared to male.

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

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