How green is my valley?

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Glassy Tiger

Set in the heart of Belapur, Navi Mumbai, is a 50 hectare lush green park called Green Valley. Known for bird watching, but we were there with Butterfly Man of India, Isaac Kehimakar and entomologist, Shubhalaxmi.

The sun shone brightly as our group trudged through the wilderness, led by two frolicking dogs who refused to let us out of sight.

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Sighting a pupa was so exciting, Shubha claimed that it would grow into a Yellow Orange Tip butterfly. Metamorphosis in nature is truly intriguing.

 

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Pupa

The delight was in seeing the different stages of the transformation.

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And the fey creatures mating…

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A grassy meadow ahead teamed with Common Wanderers, Yellow Orange Tips, all flirting with the delicate pink blossoms of the Urena Lobata.

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A host of other beautiful creatures lurked and keen eyes did manage to spot them…

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Frontal view of the quaint Robberfly

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The dashing Jewel bug

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Spittlebug nymph covered in frothed-up plant sap resembling saliva or spittle. Interestingly the froth hides the nymph from predators and parasites, insulates against heat and cold, provides thermal control and moisture control; without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. Nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids help in production of froth, whose acrid taste, deters predators. A truly amazing creation of nature.

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Roux’s Forest lizard was an exciting spotting, so small I almost missed it!

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Green grasshoppers

Cleverly camouflaged, we almost missed these creatures who have sparked fables and enjoy an exalted status across cultures of being harbingers of prosperity, fertility, longevity and happiness…

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Brown grasshoppers

It was fascinating to learn that grasshoppers aren’t always green, they can also be brown, a gorgeous chocolate brown.

We spotted over 18 types of butterflies, due to the eagle eyes of Shubha and Isaac…

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Grey Pansy

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Common Hedge Blue

 

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Common Grass Yellow Butterfly

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Common Gull Butterfly

Tiny colourful blossoms caught my eye everywhere…

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Brazil Jute Flowers

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Mung Bean

 

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A lovely morning that started with butterflies basking in the sun, an apt time to click pictures of the otherwise flighty creatures…and went on to many more fascinating creatures…

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Forest Crab

 

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In the lap of nature, you immerse yourself, erase sorrows and fears of the unknown, a profound solace cloaks you like

the delicate wings of a butterfly…

 

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Ecopreneur Shubha shared INaturewatch Foundation‘s video.
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2 thoughts on “How green is my valley?

  1. Poonam, this article would evoke in anyone a complete admiration towards the beauty of nature.
    Your article is a culmination of passion for nature infused with your love for writing as an art form to express emotions.
    Keep following your heart.
    🙂 🙂

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