A plant that traps insects, an elusive gecko, and other wonders of nature await you in Matheran
Bright-coloured flowers to attract insects. Blue blobs at the end of the tentacles to further dazzle unsuspecting creatures. And when they finally descend upon the sticky surface, the tentacles roll up, engulfing them in one smooth, robotic motion. That's the insect-trapping mechanism of the carnivorous plant Drosera indica, endemic to tropical countries.
Best witnessed in mid-September when it’s in full bloom, Mumbaikars have the opportunity to see the phenomenon unfold before their eyes at a one night-two day biodiversity camp in Matheran, organised by DCP Expeditions next weekend. “An eco-sensitive zone with no vehicles allowed, Matheran is a pristine location with rich biodiversity,” says naturalist, writer and photographer Yogesh Chavan (in pic), who will conduct the camp.
“We will set out on a night trail with our headlamps on, to spot nocturnal creatures including a variety of geckos, owls, frogs and reptiles. Matheran is a wildlife photographer’s delight during daytime too, when we will engage in a macrophotography session that will include colourful mushrooms and the green vine snake.”
On: September 16 and 17
Meeting Point: Springwoods Heritage resort, Matheran
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Cost: Rs 5,000 (triple sharing basis accommodation; not inclusive of travel)
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