Spider Catching Mosquito

Spider Catching Mosquito

I had found this long clawed orb weaver spider Tylorida striata in my garden on that late evening. This spider builds delicate orb webs with open hubs in shadowed areas of gardens. Since the spider had created the web and waiting for the prey to fall, I thought of stalking the web to see if … Read more

Short Horned Grasshopper Nymph

Short Horned Grasshopper Nymph

This is a nymph of a variety of short-horned grasshopper (Family Acrididae). The Acrididae are the predominant family of grasshoppers, comprising some 10,000 of the 11,000 species of the entire suborder Caelifera. The Acrididae are best known because all locusts (swarming grasshoppers) are of the Acrididae. Acrididae grasshoppers are characterised by relatively short and stout … Read more

Flesh Fly

Flesh Fly

I found this flesh fly resting on a leaf in my garden. It was captured handheld on Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lit with Godox Ving V860c E-TTL Li-ion Camera Flash with LumiQuest SoftBox III. Flesh flies (Sarcophagidae) belong to the calyptrate flies (Calyptratae) along with house flies, blow … Read more

Ropalidia Social Wasp

Ropalidia Social Wasp

I found these Ropalidia species of paper wasps, on a dry twig in my garden. I was using my Canon EOS 70D with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, lit by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash with a DIY diffuser to capture these wasps and their nest. The social wasp genus Ropalidia, … Read more

House Sparrow

Male House Sparrow

I found these house sparrows foraging for food in the local garden opposite Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ambalavayal. Last year when I had gone there, I captured them handheld using Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS USM Lens fitted to Canon EOS 5DS R. It was drizzling. A small group of sparrows were trying to grab … Read more

Female Fulvous Forest Skimmer

Female Fulvous Forest Skimmer

I found this female Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia) dragonfly perched on a dry twig in our kitchen garden. It was a harsh August afternoon dappled sunlight falling over the dragonfly. Instead of using a macro lens I tried using a different strategy to capture dragonfly. Since many dragonflies are wary of approach by humans, … Read more