Portrait of a Weaver ant

Portrait of a Weaver ant

I photographed these major workers of Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) as they were running up and down this vine. Watching these ants every day, I got so fond of their behaviour. Each one of the workers seems to have different swag and an individual attitude in them. So I wanted to capture their portrait in … Read more

Sony RX10 III Brief Hands-on Review

Sony RX10 III

A few days back I purchased Sony RX10 III. Both Sony RX10 III and Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 (which I had a chance to try out for a few days earlier) are 1-inch sensors based long zoom consumer cameras. Both share quite a many features in common. Here is my brief hands-on use of Sony RX10 … Read more

Kavaledurga

Gate with Guard Room

Kavaledurga Fort is a slice of forgotten history amidst the Western Ghats. The Fort is a marvellous piece of engineering that includes complex defences and arrangements for rainwater harvesting. I had been to this fort several times. One of the most memorable trips was when my good friend Ashokavardhana and I purchased a new Honda … Read more

Ant Farmer

Ant Sucking HoneyDew from Aphid

Who would consider ants farmers? Farmer is not a vocation naturally assigned to these tiny insects. The fact is that they herd and care for aphids to keep a much-loved food in constant supply. Aphids and ants on plants are as interdependent as Idli & sambar. I saw this Camponotus Ant on the underside of … Read more

Weaver Ants with Prey

Weaver Ants with Prey

I found these major workers of Weaver ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) hunting a nymph of a cockroach. As these nymphs grow they are compelled to moult their cuticle, a process known as Ecdysis. After moulting, an arthropod is described as teneral, a callow; it is fresh, pale and soft-bodied. They are pretty vulnerable to attack by … Read more