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

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

Pholcid Spider with Eggs

Pholcus Spider with Eggs

I found this female Pholcus spider with her eggs, in a corner of my kitchen. Here I have used Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM using 36mm Kenko extension tube. This whole setup is illuminated by Godox Ving V860C Flash fitted with LumiQuest Softbox III diffuser. I was holding the … Read more

Leaf-rolling Weevil

Leaf-rolling Weevil

I found this long necked juvenile beetle on a leaf in my garden. That day I was using Canon EOS 70D with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM on a 25mm Kenko extension tube. The illumination was by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. This is full frame capture at near 1:1 resolution on … Read more

Short Horned Gaudy Grasshopper

Short Horned Gaudy Grasshopper

Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects. To distinguish them from bush crickets or katydids, they are sometimes referred to as short-horned grasshoppers. The one here is Short Horned Gaudy Grasshopper Neorthacris simulans. It belongs to Pyrgomorphidae family of grasshoppers in the order Orthoptera commonly known as the gaudy grasshoppers. They are short horned, flightless grasshoppers. Pyrgomorphoidea, and … Read more