A Monsoon Palette from the Aravallis
Two of the Aravalli’s otherwise obscure inhabitants spring to glorious colour during this time. Red and black Blister Beetles, with their unmistakably coloured raised front wings and drone like hum, are everywhere. These adults often feed on flowers, like the beautiful violet and yellow bloom of the Mimosa cineraria; locally called the Goya Khair. This small tree is quite similar to the local Acacias and widespread on the Aravallis, but often goes unnoticed during the rest of the year. Blister Beetles are so called because of their ability to secrete the toxin ‘Canthardin’ which can cause severe skin rashes and itching.