Milk Thistle Seedlings

Milk Thistle Seedlings

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) also known as "Forest Day Mosquito" is a species of mosquito in the family Culicidae. The adult is about 6 mm long. It has black and white striped legs and black and white striped body. It is called a tiger mosquito because its striped appearance is similar to a tiger. It feeds/bites in the daytime particularly in shades in addition to down and dusk. The Asian Tiger mosquito is an important vector for the transmission of many viral diseases to human hosts, including the West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus, dengue fever and Chikungunya fever. Besides human hosts it can also harbor diseases that affect animals.

Asian Tiger Mosquito-Aedes albopictus
Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito

Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp (Ophion sp.)

The Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp (Ophion Sp.) is a species of wasp in the family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps), subfamily Ophioninae. They are solitary wasps. The adults feed on nectar while the larvae are parasites of caterpillars. The female parasitize caterpillars. Generally one egg is laid per caterpillars. Caterpillar usually dies during pupal stage. They are important natural biological control agent.

Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp - Ophion Sp.

Henbit-Lamium amplexicaule

Henbit (Scientific name: Lamium amplexicaule) is a species of Lamium (deadnettle) in the family Lamiaceaen. It is a low-growing annual weed that grow 10-25 cm tall, with square stems. It has opposite toothed leaves (2-3 cm diameter) and small (1.5-2 cm long) two-lipped white or purplish-red flowers. It flowers early in the spring.  It's an important nectar and pollen plant for bees. The specific name refers to the amplexicaul leaves (leaves clasping the stem). It is also known as Henbit Deadnettle or Greater Henbit.

Henbit-Lamium amplexicaule

Praying Mantis Life Cycle

After mating the female praying mantis lay eggs in a frothy mass, which harden over time to protect eggs and is called egg case or ootheca. The egg case is laid about 1 to 7 days after mating. The Egg case contains several hundred eggs, which grown into nymphs inside the egg case. The nymphs emerge from egg case in about 20-25 days depending on temperature. In cold weather development may take several months. The Nymphs resemble the grown up praying mantis in shape, but are smaller, wingless and may have different color. They molt several time before reaching to maturity.

Praying Mantis Life Cycle

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Truck Accident
Flying Coach Accident
Flying COach Accident

Weed Flowers

Here are the flowers pictures of some invasive weeds, which compete with wheat and some other crops and face zero tolerance from the farmers. But from other angle their flower structures and colors are very interesting and beautiful. These weeds must also have some health values for those, who are looking for alternative medicines. Being a photographer, here is my way of admiring their beauty. You are free to admire or disadmire them from your own angle.

Weed Flowers
Weed Flower
Weed Flower
Weed Flower
Weed Flower
Weed Flower
Weed Flower

Long Jawed Spiders

The long-jawed spiders or long jawed orb weavers (family Tetragnathidae) are elongated spiders with long legs and chelicerae (jaws). The spiders are orb web weavers, weaving small orb webs with an open hub and few, wide-set radii and spirals. The webs have no signal line and no retreat. The web is usually parallel to the ground. Some species particularly in the genus Tetragnathare live in long vegetation near water. These spiders will bite if threatened, but the bite is not harmful to people.

Long Jawed Spiders (family Tetragnathidae)
Long Jawed Spider
Long Jawed Spider
Long Jawed Spider
Long Jawed Spider
Long Jawed Spider
Long Jawed Spider

Hippopotamus Facts and Photos

The Hippopotamus or briefly Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) is one of the two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae. The name Hippopotamus comes from two Greek words that mean "River Horse". It's a semi-aquatic mammal which spend upto 18 hours in water to keep their bodies cool. It can stay submerged in water upto 5 minutes without breathing. Hippo is the 3rd Largest land animal after elephants and white rhinoceros. A hippo is 11 to 17 feet long and weighs from 2,300 to 3,600 kilograms. In extreme case the weight can reach upto 4,500 kg. On the average it is about 5 ft tall at the shoulder. The average life span is about 45 years. Females are smaller as compare to males. Hippo is a herbivorous, which mainly feeds on grasses. Hippos reproduce once every two years in the wild. Mating usually occurs in the water and childbirth may occurs in shallow water or on land. Gestation period is about 240 days (8 months).
Hippos are very aggressive and can be dangerous to humans. They commonly attack humans with no apparent provocation.

Hippopotamus - Hippopotamus amphibius
Hippopotamus Picture
Hippopotamus Picture
Hippopotamus Picture

Mantis Parasitic Wasp

Mantis Parasitic Wasp (Podagrion sp.) is a tiny parasitic wasp (Body length: 3mm) in the family Torymidae, superfamily Chalcidoidea (Chalcid Wasps). It has metallic dark blue/green head and thorax. The abdomen and legs are yellowish brown. The rear legs are strong and toothed, having swollen femurs. As the name suggests, it's a parasitoid of praying mantid egg cases. The female use its long ovipositor to deposit its eggs in the fresh mantis egg case.


Mantis Parasitic Wasp (Female)
Chalcid Wasp
Chalcid Wasp
Chalcid Wasp