Hazara University Mansehra

The first draft of Hazara University (ہزارہ یونیورسٹی) Act was prepared by Higher Education Department, KPK and the University Grants Commission (Now Higher Education Commission) in 1995. Two years later, in 1997, the KPK Provincial Assembly passed Hazara University Act in 1997 and Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah Governor KPK took the bold step of establishing Hazara University in the Neuropsychiatry Hospital, Dhodial, Mansehra, in 2002.
The campus of Hazara University is situated 14 kilometres to the north of Mansehra town on the right side of Karakuram Highway in a serene, peaceful, rural, pollution free environment. The patches of the green pines across the sprawling campus enhanced its natural location and accentuate the harmonious calm of its location. The vast plain of Pakhal with its agricultural wealth irrigated by the River Siran and tea gardens surround the University. Towards the northeast the hills are covered with the dense forest and in the background far beyond the lofty peaks of the snow-covered mountains of Kaghan Valley add to its panoramic attraction. On the western, southern and the eastern sides the rolling ranges of the hills offer the captivating scene.
The gentle and the fresh wind blowing across the campus waft an invigorating freshness so conducive for learning environment.Hazara University with its immaculate natural surrounding appears to have a far superior location with a formative influence, which serves as the educator of senses and mind alike. The most famous and attractive summer resorts of Kaghan Valley, Galliyat and Siran Valley with fascinating mountains and hills are at a convenient distance of a few hours drive from the University Campus, linked with wide metal-roads. The transport facilities to these places of attraction are available at any hour of the day and night.
Source: www.hu.edu.pk

Hazara University Mansehra
Main Gate
Inauguration Stone
Administration Block
Guest House
General Purpose Hall
 A Burned Boy Hostel
A View of Rose Garden and Girl Hostel
Conservation Information Center

Lesser Grain Borer - Rhyzopertha dominica

The Lesser grain borer (Rhyzopertha dominica) is a beetle in the family Bostrichidae. The a-d-u-l-t beetle is dark reddish-brown and about 2.5-3 mm long. The head is concealed beneath the  prothorax and is invisible when viewed from above. It is a very destructive and widespread pest of wheat and other stored grains. It bores through grains. It's consider more destructive than Rusty grain beetle and Granary weevil. Being a strong flies they can easily migrate from one grain storage to another.

Lesser Grain Borer - Rhyzopertha dominica

Two Spotted Stink Bug

Two Spotted Stink Bug (Perillus bioculatus) belong to subfamily Asopinae (Predatory Stink Bugs) in the family Pentatomidae (Stink Bugs). It's considered beneficial bug, which feeds on larvae of the colorado potato beetle and other pest species.

Two Spotted Stink Bug-Perillus bioculatus

Silverfish-Lepisma saccharina

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) also known as Fishmoth, are small, soft, wingless insects in the family Lepismatidae, order Thysanura. Silverfish are nocturnal, elongated and flattened insects approximately 13-25 mm long. The nymphs look like adults, but are smaller and having whitish color, but as they grow and molt, they develop a greyish hue and metallic shine. They have long antennae and three long filaments (cerci) at the tips of their abdomens. Contrary to other members of order Thysanura, which are eyeless, Silverfish have two small compound eyes.
Their fish-like appearance and wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish, give them the common name Silverfish. The scientific name indicates the silverfish's diet of carbohydrates such as sugar or starches.
Silverfish prefer vegetable matter with a high carbohydrate and protein content. However, indoors they will feed on almost anything including flour, starch, paper, gum, glue, cotton, linen, rayon, silk, sugar, molds, dried meats, leather and dead insects.

Silverfish Bugs
Silverfish Bug
Silverfish Bug
Silverfish Bug
Silverfish Bug

Black Webspinner-Oligotoma nigra

Black Webspinner-Oligotoma nigra

Virginia Tobacco-Nicotiana tabacum

The Virginia Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a perennial herbaceous plant in the nightshade family (Solanaceae). It's one of the two species of tobacco, commercially cultivated in KPK province of Pakistan. I used the term Virginia Tobacco, because this is the name, commonly used by our farmers for this species of tobacco. It's grown for the production of tobacco leaf, which is mainly used in cigarette industries. In spite of being a curse, the tobacco crop is not only a source of income for our farmers, but has great economic value for the country. About 40 % of all government excise taxes and 10 % of total government revenue are earned through tobacco and its products.

Virginia Tobacco-Nicotiana tabacum

Butterfly Caterpillars

Here are some pictures of butterflies caterpillar/larvae, I identified and captured so far. These pictures represent a certain larval stage/instar, at a different stage, these will be somehow different.

Butterfly Caterpillars/Larvae
Plain Tiger Butterfly Larva
Common Leopard Butterfly Larva
Common Emigrant Butterfly Larva
Rounded Pierrot Butterfly Larva
Bath White Butterfly Larva
Lime Butterfly Larva
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Larva
Common Castor Butterfly Larva
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly Larva
Painted Lady Butterfly Larva
Danaid Eggfly Butterfly Larva
Yellow Coster Butterfly Larva

Net-winged Beetles

The Net-winged Beetles is a collective name used for the beetles in the family Lycidae, with in the insect order Coleoptera. They are elongated, soft-bodied, brightly colored beetles usually found on flowers or stems. The head is triangular and the antennae are long, thick and serrate. The adults feed either on plant juices or on other insects. Their predacious larvae grow under wet bark or in leaf litter.

Net-winged Beetles

Yellow Milkweed Aphids -Aphis nerii

The Yellow Milkweed Aphids (Aphis nerii) also known as Oleander Aphids belong to the family Aphididae. They have an average body length of about 2.5 mm and are bright yellow in color with black legs, cornicles and antennae. They feed on the sap of oleanders and milkweeds plants.

Yellow Milkweed Aphids-Aphis nerii

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