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Vena @venadavenu Bengaluru, India

Ecology, wildlife, conservation, nature, education, spiders, politics, gender

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One theory is that those long "tails" are used to mimic the antennae of insects but they are actually placed on the… https://t.co/IcpJw3skIz @teachermaami and I to get some fresh air this afternoon continued our work discussion outside. Minutes later a dis… https://t.co/BhIbyc2Hmo
10/22
2019
@CafeOikos @palmfly Thank you @CafeOikos for the opportunity to introduce many of the amazing spiders in our backya… https://t.co/qpxAu6natP @nandita_j Wall outside the loo at Chitrakala Parishad yesterday :-)Just another day in the life of a parasitic wasp-stinging an unsuspecting spider to paralyse it. The paralysed spid… https://t.co/E6wzldVh7X @AparajitaDatta4 @RaghuTata It's a Thomisus sp. Often found on flower heads. Lovely catch! How amazingly she's blen… https://t.co/eWF0UnsI39
10/21
2019
@nandita_j :-) aww. You are correct! And pic 1 is a jumping spider. @CafeOikos @CurrnConsrvtion A short reccee this morning before the talk starts at CKP has turned up about 10 sps already 😀
10/20
2019
This is home, Bengaluru, now. This corresponds to an AQI of 100 - which can cause allergies to sensitive groups (es… https://t.co/jWAEnhZtD0
Retweeted by VenaThis is stellar work by folks at @PARInetwork. The government of one of the richest states in India is compromisin… https://t.co/UWMZl6mPjp
Retweeted by Vena @blueczkfox @Geo_Sophist So that's what I thought initially. But her description of the web sounds like its a cribe… https://t.co/adgdcMrnLW @KrishnaAnujan Hope to say Hiya to the Hoya soonly! :-) @Geo_Sophist @blueczkfox This one's got a cute rear no doubt but still a bit difficult to say what spidee it might… https://t.co/u62sFNBHgO
10/19
2019
@CafeOikos @Ishikamacaca @CurrnConsrvtion @ShishRao @anishafishtoe @ManiniBansal92 Feeling bad now for putting an e… https://t.co/CilAcH7NWr
10/18
2019
@VivekNityananda @CandyRowe_ @jcaread Update! Monitoring the ootheca over the last month - checked couple of days b… https://t.co/SDMxADPNwA
10/17
2019
@Kadaloan101011 @chukkukkapi These are the caterpillars of the giant red eye butterfly, of the Hesperids/skippers g… https://t.co/lvrHM53TuM @skinkomaniac Anty jee, anty jee...get up and dance...para para para pum
10/16
2019
Looks like our resident Common Bluebottle caterpillar is also taking the cool hipster route - chomping so far prima… https://t.co/VEX2Xtg7MAIt not only pops out of its hosts head but does a lot more than just that. The crypt keeper wasps... https://t.co/CqZAmuKbkj
Retweeted by VenaCommunication for Conservation—new opportunity! Apply before October 30, 2019. Click here for more details:… https://t.co/ajZQDS1XuR
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10/15
2019
The 2019 winners’ work is v problematic and has played a crucial role in transforming the discipline of Dev Econ fr… https://t.co/pNazBw82ey
Retweeted by Vena @CafeOikos @Ishikamacaca @CurrnConsrvtion @ShishRao @anishafishtoe @ManiniBansal92 Oey! You are giving away my plot! Embargo in place! 😜There is a large and growing body of evidence for the benefits to people of spending time in nature. For… https://t.co/u4F2zDih8b
Retweeted by VenaWe hope to see you at the Ravi Sankaran Conservation Science Symposium this Saturday! It's going to be a day filled… https://t.co/P85q7BABXT
Retweeted by VenaThe problem with saying 'listen to the science' is that the science says lots of different things about the level o… https://t.co/dwck53VCzl
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10/14
2019
"Caste system and mindset never allow the brain to even think about cleaning [septic tank and sewer] because we thi… https://t.co/2breSfh32P
Retweeted by Vena @Rehmat6 @yamunajiye @nehaa_sinha @JanakiLenin @BirleNandlal Also, this looks like it's not yet an adult, but in its nymph stage. @Rehmat6 @yamunajiye @nehaa_sinha @JanakiLenin @BirleNandlal Most probably the yellow spotted stink bug - see this… https://t.co/xA3JJPritVThe huge Cannon Ball tree in the @NCBS_Bangalore campus is bursting with fresh new flushes of leaves. Difficult to… https://t.co/qqLhx6Qw8VMeet Mittal Gala! Mittal will be taking you on a nature walk to look for spiders along with @venadavenu One night… https://t.co/FQR8RqV38b
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10/13
2019
If you, like us, have been vicariously following @venadavenu 's exploration of spiders and other insects in urban s… https://t.co/6sLry7gZCq
Retweeted by Vena @sudhee26 Looks like an Olios, one of the Huntsman spiders,Sparassidae family. They are a fairly common group of ac… https://t.co/WCKHzOmyK4
10/12
2019
@vishuguttal Like most species they will disperse, else will resort to cannibalism, therefore notoriously difficult… https://t.co/Dwovt6H76ASpider babies are called spiderlings-they are miniature versions of the adult when they emerge from the egg sac. Sp… https://t.co/0hGrUttGXLHow benevolent. https://t.co/vYmvKVGWRz
10/11
2019
Moth Day 2019 at NCBS is coming this Friday, October 11 https://t.co/VdoRb135tT
Retweeted by VenaThey are a delightful bunch of people to partner with and have been supporting our education work for years now.… https://t.co/bcbwcwvCEx @Wipro Foundation office in the heavily concretised Sarjapur area of Bangalore is one of the few corporate spaces t… https://t.co/5vqM22zjw3 @nandita_j Ha! Nice catch! That's a sneaky white crab spider (Thomisus sp.) with a skimmer dragonfly for bfast.
10/10
2019
Really love the insight these posts by Hari Sridhar give into the history of ecology. This one about a 1988 paper o… https://t.co/TqukfNjHrA
Retweeted by VenaMr Kotak @udaykotak you got it very wrong. This is why climate change education in India must include an understand… https://t.co/oiDPN8jMUS
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10/9
2019
@priya_tamma @sccsbng A short report of last year's pre-conference module (2018) can be accessed here -… https://t.co/yncXZo92tBShout out to @sccsbng which has supported the pre-conference module + many people who have given their time & exper… https://t.co/LyJt8o8fG4
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10/7
2019
Seems like our potter wasp knew exactly where her pot-shaped nest should be placed... @KaveriExpress for you https://t.co/biBABQzewgA group of weevil-mimicking hoppers (Ancyra sp.). Don't be fooled! Their heads are pointing to the left! https://t.co/xZ3mGIyd7O
Retweeted by Vena @HariniNagendra @DeccanHerald Thanks for writing https://t.co/mBkaPRYD0b's frustrating because many EVS teachers we… https://t.co/0WGf0avAIVThrow open the parks - my Sunday column today in @DeccanHerald https://t.co/JCcbpMwvZl
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10/6
2019
@sudhee26 They are sit and wait stealth predators, so their long long legs are good for the ninja moves I guess? :-). @yamunajiye @Rehmat6 @nehaa_sinha @JanakiLenin This one is a hammer head worm/flatworm. When they move they leave s… https://t.co/9SHCFv307z @teachermaami https://t.co/XUyQwN4D0mI am also concerned that one nomination seems to be perpetuating the idea that it’s good to use unpaid volunteers… https://t.co/jGdGnVbZeI
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10/5
2019
@vishuguttal angulatus is a North American species, not found here. I'm not sure of this species as yet, difficult… https://t.co/h98fRhlhrG @vishuguttal No Vishu...The Thomisidae (Crab spiders) family don't build webs to catch their prey. They leave silke… https://t.co/Mskcid2ahgA chance spotting of Tmarus, a genus of Crab spiders, on one of the walls of the building I am attending a workshop… https://t.co/Ziq4HvQ2m4The #SeptemberTreeQuest report is fresh off the press here: https://t.co/3diuMXuOA3. read about the experiences of… https://t.co/H7IZDXQ63A
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10/4
2019
Always uncomfortable when I read about the economic benefits of workplace diversity or of hiring women. What if a c… https://t.co/kNMM9yOn87
Retweeted by VenaLand rights activists and environmental defenders are often attacked under the false perception of being anti-devel… https://t.co/zPxVVHIvbl
Retweeted by VenaWhen u think @sccsbng can't be more fun😛We are stoked to announce an additional day this year. OPEN FOR ALL!!! It'… https://t.co/xRKdZvnqJ3
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10/3
2019
Today she sealed her nest up. We saw her fly in and out but missed what yummy presents she may have been carrying i… https://t.co/H4J39h73my @pg134gupta Nice pic! @pg134gupta Yes! Nephila...but this is the ventral side as well :-)In case you were wondering what birds on a wire sounds like as music... https://t.co/0U57cnuaxh
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10/2
2019
@ArtSparksIndiaAttending a workshop on using art in school education. Today's session was trying potter's clay and the process to… https://t.co/4AKcFgx4IC @sravUpp @priya_tamma @JayantiRm https://t.co/pamkL2qEIT
10/1
2019
@bharathjairaj Oh that's easy! Homemade generous amounts of vatha kuzhambu and pavakkai chips 😏 @nandita_j These are pheromone signalling structures in male moths and butterflies. Known as hair-pencils. They use… https://t.co/xm1y3ppraX @bharathjairaj My spidee senses are tingling...
9/30
2019
Some Tree Hoppers spotted recently for you @nandita_j. They are also known as thorn bugs because of their unusual t… https://t.co/nEi6PhY2Af @nandita_j @Geo_Sophist @JosephTLapp @tweetweetforest Intuitively, looks like the Araneus genus from what I can see… https://t.co/JzqLbqdRhgI just found a letter that I wrote to the Guardian in 1995. They'd published some bullshit article about sex differ… https://t.co/OEnQkFc2cj
Retweeted by VenaIf you are planning a bird walk, Early Bird will be happy to support you by publicizing your event and providing yo… https://t.co/ogwxZa0n6x
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9/29
2019
@seasonwatch_in This is a shot of the ventral side so difficult to say species...Genus is Argiope.. commonly known… https://t.co/9yEhYtviMC
9/28
2019
The Giant wood spiders, here Nephila pilipes, has started making their seasonal appearance in Bangalore. And the mu… https://t.co/BqUVbdFhN2
9/27
2019
The #Odisha government recently started procuring ragi in order to distribute millets on #PDS and other schemes, ma… https://t.co/9Qmc3qyxW0
Retweeted by VenaReally sad to see another gorgeous savanna grassland destroyed! Solar is fantastic as long as it is roof-top. Pleas… https://t.co/rwOrNbFAUC
Retweeted by Vena @seasonwatch_in Here's a close-up of the bright red arillated fruits..and caught in the act just now :-) https://t.co/gBECPcPa8ZMany birds love to feed on the aril - a fleshy structure on the seeds of some species. It's also an edible reward t… https://t.co/5mdoc8aW4D @silverlightgal @KeerthipriyaP @ambientabbot Could be one of the micro or bag worm moths? You will see their larval… https://t.co/lwKmFfseVL @npueu Come off to north Bangalore sometime, we will all do refresher course together - what say @Revathe92https://t.co/H0Aex1Gt29Remarkable! At this moment, India is host to three of the Common Cuckoos tagged in Mongolia. Refueling on the post-… https://t.co/qGZtZzf8wQ
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9/25
2019
“I used to work for the government, now I work for the public. I never realised there was a difference"... What a… https://t.co/OJXl4gYdN8Bird Rhyme 4 How can you not feel like sharing a few words of appreciation when you see that brilliant flash of blu… https://t.co/31OHJzGh5p
Retweeted by Vena @earlybirdncf @primitivepine @ncfindia @Abhisheka_gopal Big, plump, blue Perched on electric lines few Looking at… https://t.co/KRlqLsOHEl @nandita_j I'm really liking and thrilled that you are keenly looking at and being so excited about all the little… https://t.co/FA31xlP4mx @nandita_j These look like the nymphs of the red cotton bugs-Dysdercus sp.Yes, best way immediately is to count the… https://t.co/CvvzYH2q6DAcross 4 seasons since last December in India, what have trees been up to? Here's a species-wise summary of the tre… https://t.co/8ppcx5RTJN
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9/24
2019
New blog: As an audience, we need to know the research is valid and why it matters, not whether the author is a coo… https://t.co/RN3z8g4GEH
Retweeted by VenaCongrats @RanjiniMurali1 ! Or should I now call you Dr Ranjini Murali...so proud of you. Your work on Ecosystem Ser… https://t.co/FC0xnyafQbSwati Sidhu from team SeasonWatch writes in Hindi about phenology in the Navbharat Times. Read here:… https://t.co/D2HBebPsrM
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9/23
2019
The bright orange feathers of cinereous mourner chicks (𝘓𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘩𝘺𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘺𝘳𝘳𝘢) were puzzling to scientists — why attr… https://t.co/YAzn8BUllD
Retweeted by VenaSeeing large groups of Lemon/Common Emigrant butterflies throughout from Vaniambadi and towards Bangalore - stunnin… https://t.co/VaHzHvbyVB @pskeshu Any self respecting cat should!
9/22
2019
There are published papers now by others about the Genus Peucetia and its association with plants bearing glandular… https://t.co/O0UBDjjQGyWas this a mutually beneficial association or the spider just taking advantage of the ready available food offered… https://t.co/Np6NWE0uUDI counted, tagged, observed and tried to understand what was happening.The plants have glandular trichomes and extr… https://t.co/B0Ag1OFSXMa mad scramble to find a fairly undisturbed patch where many plants could be observed brought me to Chennai's Theos… https://t.co/HZLLhxoyXdLibrary access was poor in my Uni and finding papers online a luxury. I had a patch in IISc campus that housed many… https://t.co/swg3I849l4Look closely at a Jatropha gossypiifolia shrub and you will often find a green lynx spider/s inhabitants. This occu… https://t.co/VL4JILcOQXPublic libraries offer space to read and learn, and are amongst the most important public infrastructures of our ci… https://t.co/uffynFCGFd
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9/21
2019

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