Jewels Bugs: Nature Notes
Nizam of Hyderabad was once considered one of the richest men on earth with a collection of gems and jewelry that was unparalleled in the world. It is believed he used Jacob diamond one of the largest diamonds ever mined as a paper weight.
Legend has it that a lot of his treasure is still hidden in different parts of the erstwhile Hyderabad State. So you can imagine my joy when I found this beautiful precious stone in the bushes on the banks of Ameenpur Lake where I had gone for bird watching. I was about to pick up the jewel when it suddenly jumped and settled on a leaf.
Ah, it was not the jewel of Nizam but of Mother Nature but no less beautiful than a real Jewel.
When I was a kid small bugs were in abundance but today due to excessive use of pesticides all kind of lesser fauna is slowly vanishing.
I was totally mesmerized by the beauty of this little Jewel Bug or Chrysocoris stolli nicely perched on the leaves of wild morning glory.
I do not have a macro lens and whatever little macro photography I do, I use a reverse ring on my 50 mm lens, call it desi jugaad if you may. So I tried to click some pictures with my 300 mm Nikon lens and the results are here. The pics are not as detailed as a true Macro Lens will give you, but I normally carry only one lens in the field to avoid carrying too much weight, hence try to take advantage of whatever gear I have.
The Jewel bugs are more or less harmless to humans but if you try to touch them they produce a sticky stinky fluid, so better maintain a distance. They are found almost all over the world in tropics and semi-tropical areas.
Note: This post is first in series of “Nature Notes” under category Wild Life and Nature. I would love to know your opinion about the same. I don’t think I am capable of giving gyan on the same but would still love to share the pictures I clicked of plants and animals I click when out in the field during my meditation time (read a walk in nature).
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