View Full Version : Draco Feeding on Weaver ant

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:11 PM
A series of images showing a Draco feeding on weaver ants. This Female was so well camouflaged that it was hard to make it out in the viewfinder and focus. The images are random selection from a set and are not shot in a single sequence. This was made in the garden of my home in calicut outskirts. This Clearly shows that Dracos also display the gular pouch while feeding


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Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:15 PM
If you look closer you will see 2 weaver ants coming down the tree trunk.

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:17 PM
The ant is within range

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:20 PM
There seems to be some saliva on the Dracos mouth tip.

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:26 PM
The tongue is out and the ant is still on the tree trunk.The action was lightening quick and this the best i could do.

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:29 PM
The tongue is back in and the ant is history.

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:31 PM
Display starts

Roopak Gangadharan
09-12-2012, 08:32 PM
Full display

Sabyasachi Patra
10-12-2012, 11:06 AM
Lovely series Roopak!

The display is happening after swallowing? How many seconds did the display last? Did it display after swallowing each ant? This is pretty interesting. I urge our fellow photographers to wait and capture such action rather than needlessly chasing the mega fauna all the time.


Mrudul Godbole
10-12-2012, 03:34 PM
Nice observation. Good you could document the whole behavior. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Roopak Gangadharan
12-12-2012, 01:33 PM
The display was after swallowing and lasted for about a second. It did display ever time it fed immediately after swallowing but in between it also displayed a few times. I specifically checked all around to see if there were any other individuals male or female but there were none and also observed the behaviour being repeated on 4 other occasions. In fact this female seems regular visitor to our garden.

would like to add that the courtship display of the female seemed a bit longer than the one while it fed. I have recorded a similar series of the courtship display of the male and female and mating. Will post that soon.


Abhishek Jamalabad
12-12-2012, 02:31 PM
Brilliantly done Roopak! This is certainly a very valuable natural history record. Never knew about the gular display while feeding. When was this recorded? Also, does it show a specific preference to weaver ants?
A video (if possible next time) would be lovely too.

Roopak Gangadharan
13-12-2012, 09:02 AM
Abhishek : Ive seen this particular female on the same tree (jackfruit) which almost always has some weaver ants on it, so I guess this is a oft used feeding spot. Not sure about preference for weaver ants. Will try and make a video soon.