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|i am quite excited about this shot! i call it my tiny discovery :)|
i was, as usual, roaming in the sanctuary (Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary) and was looking for... ummn.. everything... birds, bugs, plants, butterflies, moths, flies... when i knew it was simply a pleasure trip through the garden, my brain and eyes, actually were scanning the scenario around me.
and then i realized i saw something.
it was so tiny and hidden behind the leaf, that was really difficult to trace at once. you may call it luck or simply timing, that i happened to look at that part while passing by. thanks to mother Nature :)
it was around 2 mm in length. hardly. and absolutely still. at first, i was not sure whether it was a living creature or simply a bird's dropping! :D
funny, but yes. absolutely so. then a closer examination and later exposing it to sunlight made me realize that it was an insect... a nymph of an insect actually.
i tried to find its ID, but failed. what i think is that it might be a nymph of some bug. the structure says so. but you are never sure when it's Nature :)
seems, it has got two claws, two antennae, and then some legs (not clear how many). it has got a shield kind of thing and would-be wings too.
what is it?
any suggestion regarding its ID would be of much help. waiting :)
PS: please see the workshop image for a closer view of the insect.
many many thanks to Ron Warner (tuslaw) for helping me in getting the information about this species. hats off to your dedication, my friend! otherwise it was such a peculiar insect and not getting its ID was simply making me mad. a lots of thanks to Steve Pryor (cuckooroller) for his efforts and hence coming up with the correct ID.
and all others, am too grateful to all of you that you cared to spend time in guessing the ID.
am simply loving being in TN!! :)
[so this is a TN's first, right? :D]
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very good picture to show on TN
i think it is a BUG
great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou
Photography by Ruby Sarkar...very charming ...and .."complicated" ...almost as the Saif Ali Khan who says playing a Dalit teacher in Prakash Jha's upcoming film 'Aarakshan' ...hm!...but where the head of the bug is actually ? Alright, the eyes then!? Anywhere Ruby ...that one is a special bug! Never seen it before ...and the workshop brings some light in the all story! Beautiful!
A real toughie. Too bad you could not get the number of the legs. If those are really wings, then I would guess some sort of Coleoptera. If it were a Spider, then maybe some weird sort of Gasterocantha. You probably should send this to somebody at the local Uni that deals with insects in West Bengal. Otherwise, just guesswork.
Certainly, very weird whatever it is.
- [2012-02-25 20:11]
I have spent the last hour searching the web to find out what type of insect you have discovered. I orginally thought a Stink Bug, so I searched insects of India. I found this image and I'm sure it is the same insect that you have posted.
Copy the above site and paste directly into your browser. Hopefully it will come up for you.
PS. By the way, I really like your photo!!
Ciao Ruby, great macro of little strange creature, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio