Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Last year during rainy season I found this caterpillar of Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Orvasca species, Nygmiini, Lymantriinae, Erebidae). I captured it using Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds DSLR Camera with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens fitted with Olympus STF-8 Twin Flash. The Lymantriinae (formerly called the Lymantriidae) are … Read moreTussock Moth Caterpillar

Eight-Legged Cats and How They See

Carrhotus Spider

The common name for salticids is jumping spiders and many are indeed phenomenal leapers. However, jumping alone is not what distinguishes salticids from other spiders. What makes salticids special is their unique, complex eyes and acute eyesight, not leaping prowess. Salticids have large anterior medial eyes that give them an almost catlike appearance. No other … Read moreEight-Legged Cats and How They See

Ant-Like Crab Spider – Amyciaea forticeps

Ant-Like Crab Spider - Amyciaea forticeps

In nature size matters. But the brain can outwit brawn. All spiders are efficient, but small predators. Spiders have evolved a range of predatory behaviours that allow them to evade and deceive several of their prey. This crab spider outwits ants by mimicking them and living amongst them so that it can feed on them. … Read moreAnt-Like Crab Spider – Amyciaea forticeps

Masters of Photography – Alfred Stieglitz

Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, 1934

Nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it…” Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) is perhaps the most important figure in the history of visual arts in America. Through his many roles – as a photographer, as a discoverer and promoter … Read moreMasters of Photography – Alfred Stieglitz

Teaching photography to children with special needs

Teaching photography to children with special needs

Last week I took a certification course of photography to children with special needs at Mangalore. I thank Anirvedha & Inwincive Creatives for giving me the opportunity to conduct this workshop. In this article I am sharing my experience, what I have learned, challenges I faced, ideas I could gain, strategies I adopted as well … Read moreTeaching photography to children with special needs

Patterns – Ant on a Leaf

Patterns - Ant on a Leaf

Patterns exist everywhere in nature. The venation patterns of the leaf are an especially pretty interesting pattern. When I saw Common Broad Acrobat Ant (Crematogaster subnuda) on the broad leaf of one of the most widely occurring early successional woody species in my garden, Macaranga peltata, my initial instinct was to take a closeup macro. … Read morePatterns – Ant on a Leaf

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