Monday, February 28, 2011

Moth – Palpita sp.

Location : Palode, Thiruvananthapuram


21-12-2010 – Collected a caterpillar
The edges of the leaf was folded with silk threads coming from the mouth of the caterpillar and the caterpillar was inside the leaf
Eating only the inner part of the leaf

24-12-2010 – Become pupa
26-12-2010 – The pupa was partially covered with small white cocoons. It may be parasite.
28-12-2010 – Emerged in the noon
It were wasps, 27 in number

27-12-2010 -   Collected another caterpillar
There are so many shrubs there and having two or three caterpillar in each plant
04-01-2011 – Become pupa

06-01-2011 – Brown colour of the pupa increased some more and green colour to the position of the wings

07-01-2011 – Emerged in the morning at 7.00
Cream coloured liquid oozes out
From 9.00 AM a hairy portion is pushes out and pulled back. This is continued for hours

Pupa case after emerging
Host Plant : Tabernae montanaI
Koonampala (in Malayalam)

Same caterpillar is seen in Mimusops elengi (Elengi in Malalyalam) plant also.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Location : Palode, Thiruvananthapuram
13-12-2010 – Collected a pupa from a creeper leaf
                         Pupa was inside a silky thread covering

20-12-2010 – Emerged at 1.00 PM. 
                         It is a wasp
                         2 mm in length


Location : Palode, Thiruvananthapuram
 07-12-2010 – Collected a pupa from a creeper

13-12-2010 -  Emerged out
It is a wasp
                           Viewed through microscope

13-12-2010 – Collected another pupa from another creeper
                         Inside a silk thread covering in the leaf

27-12-2010 – Emerged out and it is also a wasp

Thursday, February 10, 2011



Location : Palode, Thiruvananthapuram

23-11-2010 – Observed one ootheca attached in a twig.
White in colour

27-12-2010 – twelve baby mantises emerged

They fighting each other when coming face to face
One to one and half centimeter in length
Abdomen curved upwards

It dispersed very quickly in different plants

17-01-2011 – Dissected the egg case after 21 days and found 4 eggs were not hatched.

The unhatched eggs were in decaying stage.

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