The flying tigers

Geetha Iyer
Have you ever come across tigers that fly or a tiger with six legs? Welcome to the world of tiger butterflies that are very common in our country. This month’s Nature Watch column introduces us to a different species of butterflies that can be found in large numbers in both urban and rural areas.

Grass, grass all around

Geetha Iyer

When we think of grass we don’t go much beyond the inviting lawn that we have sat on or lazed on in our gardens or parks. Did you know that there are many different types of grass and plants that are often mistaken for grass but are not really grass? Read all that you did not know about the grass in this article.

Wild flowers or weeds?

Geetha Iyer
There is no one that doesn’t like a pretty flower. But while we enjoy the flowers in our gardens and at horticulture shows, we don’t give the flowers that grow on the roadside or in the wilderness a second glance. Here’s why you should look.

Nature by the ocean

Geetha Iyer
In the second of the two-part series on molluscs, the author explains about gastropods and the shells that they create for themselves. Since there are several varieties of these molluscs, this articles deals with those found near the sea and those that are sold by hawkers on beaches.

Nature by the ocean

Geetha Iyer

Schools are now running the last lap before they close down for summer. And summer means holidays, beaches, shells. So this time in Nature watch we introduce you to molluscs and bring you activities you can do and things you can observe while you are having fun at the beach.

Ways of naming: folk taxonomy

Geetha Iyer
We often find ourselves categorizing, sorting, listing and group things to help us understand them better and this process is called folk taxnomy. This particular article discusses three very common trees that are confused one for the other because they are all either called Wood apple or elephant apple trees.

Milli-watch

In this month’s Naturewatch we take a look at a creature that is normally ignored or detested–the millipede.

Moths are beautiful too!

Butterflies are colourful; they are more attractive, and they are often more romantic. But moths are beautiful too! And here’s why.

Fishwatching

Fish watching can be as absorbing a hobby as bird watching and less expensive too. One does not need binoculars or a telescope, just large doses of patience and a love for fish. It is also a good way of getting rid of tension and stress. Geetha Iyer outlines how this interest can be developed, from purchasing an aquarium to watching fish in the wild.

Corals – architects of the underwater metropolis

In our new series titled Nature Watch,Geetha Iyer introduces readers to certain diverse life forms that are not often talked about in classrooms, but can be woven into the syllabus to provide absorbing and exciting lessons. The first of the series discusses corals.