Oriental Mole Cricket

Oriental Mole Cricket

I was curious about the intermittent scratching sound coming behind the cupboard in my clinic. Expecting a pesky rat, I started poking around its corner. What came out was this oriental mole cricket. It was confused, sort of stunned and unhurt. Since the hospital surrounding would have looked odd for this mole cricket in a … Read more

Lynx Spider – Oxyopes

Lynx Spider - Oxyopes

Brief dry spell during the incessant monsoon showers is a great time to try out macro photography. Lay persons may think it is a bad day to photograph, but, for a photographer who understands light, it is a wonderful opportunity. Nice cloud cover gives you a lovely soft light all around. Light will be soft … Read more

Signal Fly – Platystomatidae

Signal Fly - Platystomatidae

I found this signal fly resting on a leaf in my garden near the kitchen compost pit. I used Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro at 2X magnification. I used Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash for illumination. Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens is a manual focus lens. This … Read more

Gruesome Beetle Sex

Oides species of Flea beetle mating

Fierce competition for fertilisation rights is fairly common among insects and has led to the evolution of some truly gruesome sexual strategies. This “sexually antagonistic co-evolution” is found in many species of insects. What you see here is, mating act of Oides species of Flea beetles. Flea beetle is a general name applied to these … Read more

Long-legged Fly

Long-legged Fly

Unlike the vast majority of insects that flee upon being approached too closely, these dainty Long-legged flies are not easily spooked from their chosen perches, making them ideal photography subjects. Though, that being said, if you’re utilizing loud shutter click or a bright flash, they will invariably jump up, but will eventually settle down. If … Read more

Asemonea Spider

Asemonea Spider

I found this tiny spider under the leaves of Jamaica Cherry (Muntingia calabura) tree. The spider was hardly 2mm in size. This shy and reclusive spider tried hiding from my view by going around the leaf in circles. I was able to capture it with lot of difficulty. Here are five photos I could manage … Read more

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