Intricate insects

If all the insects were to disappear from Earth, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.

Jonas Salk
Prominent medical researcher and virologist

I find the intricate structures of insects fascinating and like observing them in real life. If I come across an insect, I try to get a picture. Here are some of them, including two damselflies mating!

A spider and a Dahlia

Spiders are solitary creatures. I spotted one sneaking out of a Dahlia flower!

Caught a spider sneaking out of a Dahlia flower. Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: IIT Kanpur, India.

Zoomed version below if you can’t see little spidy.

Caught a spider sneaking out of a Dahlia flower. Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: IIT Kanpur, India.

Real candid!

Red cotton stainer

A red cotton stainer. Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: Jakkur, Bangalore, India.

Software people, found the “true bug” roaming in my office campus! This red cotton stainer belongs to the category of true bugs (seriously, web search it). It’s called a cotton stainer because it’s a severe pest of cotton crops.

It is also fond of citrus fruits but that is likely due to citrus and cotton often being grown in close proximity.

Green bush cricket

Green bush cricket. Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: Jakkur, Bangalore, India.

Almost stepped on this little that day. Not to be confused with a grasshopper, it’s a green bush cricket! Look at those really long antennae and you know it’s not a grasshopper. They use the antennae for a sense of smell and taste.

Swarming Locusts

Locust, a species of short-horned grasshoppers. Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: Jakkur, Bangalore, India.

Spotted a couple of locusts too. A species of short-horned grasshoppers, locusts are insects of solitude. But under adverse conditions such as drought, they socialize for survival. Locusts are known to have a swarming phase and have been the cause of many plagues in history.

Two damselflies mating

Two damselflies mating, the more attractive one being the male (akin to the peacock). Credit: Jatan Mehta/iPhone SE. Location: Jakkur, Bangalore, India.

Related to dragonflies, damselflies are an incredibly successful species and have been around for more than 100 million years! This particular species is called the “Senegal Golden Dartlet” and is among the smallest damselflies around.

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