Thursday, May 26, 2011

Backyard Biology

Some more insect ids from Shaku (previous post - here)

These are insects that abound in the sultry heat that precedes the arrival of the South-West Monsoons in Kerala, India.

A looper-caterpillar pretending to be a broken twig. Loopers mostly belong to family Geometridae and are minor pests of different crops.  They are excellent at camouflage and caterpillars feed on leaves and sometimes fruit or flowers.

 Cucumber beetle (Family Chrysomelidae). Perhaps it it is Aulacophora flavomarginata - Black back cucumber beetle

Cucumber Moth

Oriental fruit fly

Coconut rhinoceros beetle female.  The male has a much more magnificent horn.

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