Clear-winged Forest Glory

Clear-winged Forest Glory Male

I found this male Clear-winged Forest Glory (Vestalis gracilis) damselfly at Sammilan Shetty Butterfly Park. It was waiting for its snack to arrive on the watermelon which was kept to attract butterflies. Within no time, I saw it picked a fruit fly and then flew over to shade to munch on it. I had taken … Read more

Orange-tailed Marsh Dart Feeding Mosquito

Orange-tailed Marsh Dart Feeding Mosquito

This female Orange-tailed Marsh Dart (Ceriagrion cerinorubellum) damselfly was on a leaf in my garden munching on a male Culex mosquito. Damselfly larvae are important aquatic predators. Besides serving as food for various fishes, the adults play a similar role on land. They do eat mosquitoes, and they also eat a vast variety of other … 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

Malabar Torrent Dart

Malabar Torrent Dart

Last Sunday during the Waterfall Photography Workshop I was conducting in Charmadi region of Western Ghats I spotted a damselfly. It was the Male Malabar Torrent Dart (Euphaea fraseri) resting on a stone under the waterfall. Malabar Torrent Dart is found only in the Western and Eastern Ghats in India. Female Malabar Torrent Dart was … Read more

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II Hands-on

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II

This is a very brief hands-on test of Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II. I am very fortunate to have this lens loaned to me for testing by my good friend Rajashekar Meti, who purchased it on my recommendation when it was introduced earlier this year. Many of my friends had asked me to … Read more

Coromandel Marsh Dart

Coromandel Marsh Dart

This relatively common damselfly is Coromandel Marsh Dart (Ceriagrion coromandelianum). I have used Canon EOS 5DSR with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM using 36mm Kenko extension tube. This whole setup is illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash with a modified diffuser to reduce highlights. Coromandel Marsh Dart (Ceriagrion coromandelianum) is a … Read more