Death in the domain of the insects can be swift and cruel but retains a magnificence and beauty that is somehow at odds with the brutality of what is happening.
Today rain had subsided a little. I wanted to photograph Psyche (Leptosia nina) butterfly which was flying around those tiny pinkish flowers which I couldn’t find any ID. As I shot 2 photos of the beautiful butterfly a female Small Zebra Jumper spider (Plexippus petersi) jumped on it and killed it. The whole process was so swift that I was too stunned to capture the instance of death.
Just to show you the beauty before death here is the Psyche seconds before death
EXIF info – Aperture : ƒ/8 | Camera : Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Taken : 10 July, 2009 | Flash fired : yes | Focal length : 100mm | ISO : 100 | Location : 13° 4′ 2.1457200114515″ N 74° 59′ 44.440079893475″ E | Shutter speed : 1/200s | Images and content Copyright © Krishna Mohan. Please contact me to purchase prints or for image publication license.