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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Will You Walk Into My Parlour?

Before I start my post, I would like to congratulate all my American
blogger friends and visitors on this historic day! Congratulations!

Every evening when the lights are turned on, hordes of insects
descend on them. Whether it's in front or at the back, bugs and
house lizards reign supreme. The lizards have a ball gulping
down several winged morsels!
I saw this lizard making a lunge at this moth. And what a moth!
The supposed predator quickly retreated, intimidated by the 'prey's'
size.

I haven't come across a moth as spectacular as this one. The furry
bit on the back and the eye pattern on the wings will surely keep a
would-be predator at bay!

Tiny little spiders create a mass of web on the bamboo. This wasp
was entangled in the web and struggled to get out.

I wondered whether I should help ( with the aid of a stick ) but
later decided to see how it'd wriggle out of the situation. I
didn't have to wait long. It 'grasped' a dry bamboo leaf and was
free! I almost heard a waspy sigh of relief!

Up and away...

...but there are some who do not manage to get away. Here's
one hanging by a seemingly innocuous strand of yarn. If
luck does not favour, even a strand, rather than a tangle,
can prove to be fatal.

19 comments:

Marcel said...

Hello from Belgium.
I discovered your blog, it's very interresting. So diffrent of my country.

Mildred said...

Lovely pictures as always. That's a very interesting moth. Hope you are having a wonderful day.

tina said...

Thank you! It was such a monumental and historic election. I was so glad I could be a part of it.

What a moth! Suppose that fur made him more or less tasty?

Kanak Hagjer said...

Marcel, thank you. I'll go check out yours too.

Oh yes, Mildred. I'm working on a new flower-bed.

Tina, I was glued to my tv screen today. The Indian papers and channels have given the entire campaign trail a lot of coverage. I sat through the results coming in, John McCain's concession speech ( I loved it!) and finally the Man-of-the-Moment.

The images will remain...the first family and the joy of the people. But the most poignant of them all --Rev. Jesse Jackson---with tears streaming down his face.....

And oh! The moth. Could be, Tina, the fur, I mean.

Karen said...

Hi Kanak - Wow, wish people in this country knew as much about Indian politics as you know about the US version! I wanted to hand Jesse Jackson a tissue or at least give him a hug, but sometimes the tears of joy just have to flow. Love your buggy post today!

perennialgardener said...

Thank you Kanak. I am quite pleased with the outcome of this monumental moment in our history. That is one fuzzy looking moth, I don't blame the lizard for changing its' mind.

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

I've seen lots of moths but that one is particularly interesting... with nice markings. Critters are very fun to observe as they wriggle their way into and out of situations.

easygardener said...

I would have thought the lizard would have choked on that moth if it had caught it :-) It is always fascinating to look closely at insects - we usually ignore them because of their small size.

Rhonda said...

Kanak,
thanks for the congrats! I like to think that we finally did it right..though some will not be as happy as those in my house about the outcome. I was fascinated by the interest throughout the world and I hope that many of the people in other countries can now see that we haven't been any happier than they with our situation. Thanks again.
I always want to help the critters when they get themselves into such a mess..i can't tell you how many I've freed. or how many poor little beetles I've turned over when I've found stuck in the upside down postion, desperately attempting to right the wrong..LOL I loved the pic in your prior post of the flowers in the vase...the colors were beautiful together.
I see that you don't particularly have a winter there..much like it was in Florida..I love Fall, but am not a winter fan and am saddened that it will soon be here. I will need to visit your blog often throughout our winter months.

Susie said...

That is some kind of big moth Kanak! I've never seen one that large. That little lizard would have choked trying to down that one. Enjoyed your posts and pictures.

Wendy said...

Pretty moth. Liked your pics.

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks Karen. I think it helps that we in India, or people anywhere else on the planet, are reading/viewing the process leading to the most powerful office in the world!

Right Racquel. A lesson learnt on the job!!

Meems, couldn't agree more. Thanks for your visit.

Easygardener, I'd never observed any creature as closely as the way I'm doing now. Posting has really helped in not ignoring any life in my yard.

Rhonda, I loved your Fall photos. I knew Fall was beautiful but seeing so many posts on Blotanical has made me realise how gorgeous leaves can be.
Our winters are short and that's the best time for gardening. Vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes and many more will vie for space in kitchen gardens. Many of us have small front-yards but they'll be ablaze with colour in the coming months.

It does get cold for us but I've seen western visitors dressed in T-shirts and shorts during the height(?) of winter. They must've been so amused to see our woollen caps and jackets:)
About you visiting in winter...I'll love it!

Thank you Susie. I'm glad the lizard was quick to realise...!

Wendy, thank you so much for dropping by.

Titania said...

Kanak this is a interesting post. You are such a good observer of all the smaller friends around your house and garden. I do help sometime a bee or a butterfly out of a web tangle if it is possible. The spiders hate me for it. Can you imagine taking their good morsels away just when they are busy reeling them in!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Trudi, Now (LOL) the spiders must be feeling that same hatred towards me!! But oh, how much I love watching them all...

Miss Sandy said...

Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comments. The most is most dazzling. My daughter collected moths for a science project one year and she found several species including the largest moth in North America.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Kanak, that wasp looks huge..is it? I tried to take a photo of a moth yesterday but it was too small and I couldn't get close enough, Great post. / Tyra

Linda Lunda said...

Hi !
What a great post Kanak!!!!
I just loves it.
Soon.... I will come to your part of the earth.... sooon.... but to far from you anyway for a wisit.
Ohh I loonging fore the warm wather!
Linda

Linda Lunda said...

Forgot to thank you for al your sweet, sweet , sweet comments on my ceramicart! Thank you friend!
Linda

Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Sandy, that sounds interesting. Moths are so much easier to photograph than butterflies but one does not come across colourful ones often. Thanks for dropping by.

Tyra, hi! Yes it's the biggest I have seen here. Others are much smaller. Good luck with your future moth photos!

Linda, that's so sweet of you! Every piece of your ceramic art is so beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful stay in Thailand!