Lacewing Larva vs Aphids

Lacewing Larva vs Aphids

This plant in my garden was infested with yellow coloured aphids. These belong to Aphis nerii an aphid of the family Aphididae. Its common names include oleander aphid, milkweed aphid, sweet pepper aphid, and Nerium aphid. Last time when I saw them, they were tended by White-footed ants. You can check that story in my … Read moreLacewing Larva vs Aphids

Carrhotus Spider

Carrhotus Spider

I captured this Juvenile Carrhotus Spider on a vine using Canon EOS 80D fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. Carrhotus species tend to be found in silken cells in low vegetation in the open. They are not very colourful and are sturdy, solid-looking spiders. Carrhotus … Read moreCarrhotus Spider

Juvenile Carrhotus Spider

Juvenile Carrhotus Spider

I captured this Juvenile Carrhotus Spider on a vine using Canon EOS 80D fitted with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. Carrhotus species tend to be found in silken cells in low vegetation in the open. They are not very colourful and are sturdy, solid-looking spiders. Carrhotus … Read moreJuvenile Carrhotus Spider

White Footed Ant with Aphids

White Footed Ant with Aphids

The relationship between aphids and ants is symbiotic in that both receive some benefit from the arrangement. Animals and plants in a mutually symbiotic arrangement with ants are called Myrmecophiles. I saw this group of White Footed Ants Technomyrmex albipes, on the plant tending aphids. Here I have used Canon EOS 5DS R coupled with … Read moreWhite Footed Ant with Aphids

The Arboreal Bicolored Ant

Bi-coloured Arboreal Ant

I found this very active Bi-coloured Arboreal ant, Tetraponera rufonigra in my garden. Since it was moving around quite fast, I had to literally chase it to capture it. I used Canon EOS 5DS R with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. This was illuminated by Canon MT-24EX macro twin light flash. Tetraponera … Read moreThe Arboreal Bicolored Ant

Telamonia Spider & Email Hoax

Telamonia Spider

Long before social media like Facebook & Twitter dominated spreading fake news and hoaxes, emails were the staple way to spread similar nonsense around the world and create panic among gullible. There was such an email hoax which warns of the Two-Striped Telamonia Spider, purportedly a poisonous species from India that hide under toilet seats … Read moreTelamonia Spider & Email Hoax

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