Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

I found this female Oriental Spiny Orb-Weaver spider Gastercantha cf geminata on a leaf at Kadri Park, Mangalore. Spiny orb-weavers is a common name for Gasteracantha, a genus of spiders. They are also commonly called Spiny-backed orb-weavers, due to the prominent spines on their abdomen. Spiny Orb-Weaver spiders can reach sizes of up to 30mm … Read moreOriental Spiny Orb-Weaver

White Lynx Spider

White Lynx Spider

I found this female white Lynx spider Oxyopes cf shweta on a leaf at Kadri Park, Mangalore. Oxyopes cf shweta, commonly known as White Lynx Spider, belongs to the genus Oxyopes, in the family Oxyopidae. I was using Canon EOS 6D Mark II with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens with Godox Ving … Read moreWhite Lynx Spider

Bioluminescence – Living Lights

Bioluminescence - Living Lights

Across the various beaches of Karnataka coast, the waves at night are showing a strange glow, due to bioluminescence. For many of us, the only awareness of bioluminescence—the emission of light by living organisms—is the sight of fireflies. For others, the magic moment is a “phosphorescent sea,” where myriads of microscopic sources emit flashes of … Read moreBioluminescence – Living Lights

Lema Leaf Beetle

Lema Leaf Beetle

I saw this leaf beetle in my backyard feeding on the leaves of the Cheilocostus speciosus (Crepe Ginger). It has 4 tiny dark spots on their hard wing cases (elytra), two on each elytron. This corresponds to the description by Martin Jacoby back in 1908 The Fauna of British India V1: Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, this beetle … Read moreLema Leaf Beetle

Carrhotus Spider

Carrhotus Spider

I captured this Carrhotus Spider on a leaf at Mala near Karkala. It had rained a little while before the shoot. Water drops were still all around its silken cell. I was using Canon EOS 5D Mark IV fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM with Godox Ving V860C II E-TTL Li-ion Camera … Read moreCarrhotus Spider

Epeus Spider

Epeus Spider

I found this Epeus spider in my garden. That day I was testing my Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II fitted with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. For illumination, I used Olympus TF-22 Twin Flash Head. They are very active spiders occurring usually on bushy hedges, shrubs and on tall trees. Four species … Read moreEpeus Spider

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