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The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:

The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:  Scientific Name : Junonia lemonias

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) the most common of the 6 pansies, found in parks and gardens in most parts of the India.

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) feeds on yellow Cosmos flower field.

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Pansy butterfly on staircase wall and another on ground sucking moisture and salt for living.

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Patterns & designs on inner and outer wings of Pansy Butterfly.

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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.

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Blackbuck male (Juvenile)

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Blackbuck male (Adult)

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Blackbuck Female (Juvenile)

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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.

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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!

Sweet corns and Chilli Pepper:

Display of husked sweet corns on tricycle of a street vendor and garlands of Chilli pepper at fry shop in Beach: Street shots at Chennai, India.

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Rain Tree Flower:-

Rain tree, Coco tamarind (Samanea saman) Flowering tree close up with buds.

Common name: Rain Tree, Coco tamarind, Acacia preta, French tamarind, Saman, Monkey pod • Hindi: गुलाबी सिरिस Gulabi Siris, Vilaiti siris • Bengali: Biliti siris • Tamil: Amaivagai, Thoongumoonji maram.

Botanical name: Albizia saman (Jacq.) Merr. Albizia saman   Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family) Synonyms: Samanea saman, Acacia propinquaMimosa saman

Rain tree flower

Large, handsome and spreading, the Rain Tree is easily recognised by its umbrella like canopy of evergreen, feathery foliage and puffs of pink flowers. Samanea saman meaning “rain”, but in India it is believed that the name was given because of a curious habit possessed by the tree of intermittently spraying the ground beneath with moisture. Later it was discovered that this was caused by multitudinous minute insects. The fruit is a fleshy pod, sweet to the taste and much relished by squirrels, horses and cattle.

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Cluster of small blossoms; Chinese Ixora:

Chinese Ixora flower bunch also known as jungle geranium is actually a cluster of many small blossoms formed into a huge ball. Photographed in a thickly wooded hilltop isolated area at Yercaud, TN, India.

Botanical name: Ixora chinensis    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)

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There are about 400 species of Ixora of which the majority are endemic in India, China and Malaysia. Today a large number of cultivars of Ixora coccinea and Ixora chinensis are being cultivated throughout the tropics for their long lasting flowers and attractive shiny leaves. The forms of Ixora chinensis are usually growing only 2.5′ to 3′ high (0.75m to 0.90m ), with colors ranging from white to pink and orange.

Chinese Ixora

Ballon Plant flowering tree:

Rarely seen fully grown Ballon Plant tree in Wild near Kumili, Thekkady forest reserve area, Kerala, India.

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Gomphocarpus (Asclepias physocarpus) is a plant in the milkweed family (in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the Apocynaceae, formerly the Asclepiadaceae) often used as an ornamental for the striking yellowish, ball-like fruits.

Flowers are followed by unusual fruits that look like hairy, inflated spheres. The pale green, soft, almost translucent, bladder- like follicles, covered with soft hair-like spines, swell to up to 3 inches in diameter. The follicles become yellowish, often tinged with red or brown, when mature, and very gradually split open to release the numerous brown seeds. Each smooth, flattened oval seed has a tuft of long, silky hairs (a pappus) at one end which aids in dispersal by wind. Cut long stems with pods to use in fresh and dried floral arrangements.

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