Blue Mud Dauber

Blue Mud Dauber

I found a bunch of Blue Mud Dauber wasps in my garden sleeping on a dry vine. These Blue Mud Daubers, Chalybion bengalense are pretty common blue household wasps we encounter at home. Even though these are solitary wasps, males have a habit of sleeping in a group together. I was using my Canon EOS … Read more

Indian Queenless Ant

Indian Queenless Ant

Here is a capture of Weaver Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) workers killing a Indian Queenless Ant, also known as Lesser Striated Bispinous Ant (Diacamma indicum). These Diacamma indicum ants are native to the Indian subcontinent. Since Diacamma species forage individually and they don’t have a queen in their colony they are also called Indian queenless ant. … Read more

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens Hands-On Test

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

In February 2016, Tamron introduced a new macro lens Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model : F017). Tamron had a similarly named lens earlier and the only difference you see in the name, is the model number. However it is totally different lens from exterior as well internally. I was able … Read more

Two Ants on a Rattlepod

Two Ants on a Rattlepod

I found this Golden backed Ant (Camponotus sericeus) and a tiny pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) on a fresh pod of Rattlepod (Crotalaria pallida) in my backyard. I was using my favorite macro rig consists of Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light … Read more

Ropalidia Wasp

Ropalidia Wasp

I found this Ropalidia species of paper wasp, resting on a leaf in my garden. I used my Canon EOS 5DS R fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, lit by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash with a DIY diffuser to capture this wasp. The social wasp genus Ropalidia, a primitively eusocial … Read more

Social Carrying in Weaver Ants

Social Carrying in Weaver Ants

While photographing for the last blog on weaver ants I observed one of the weaver ant worker was carrying another worker in its mandible. This bares the question as to why? Are these individuals being carried lazy or are they injured or even dead? The answer is none of these but is in fact that … Read more

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