A MACRO PHOTO STORY ON INSECTS

A MACRO PHOTO STORY ON INSECTS

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Macro photography takes us into a fascinating world of tiny insects. World that we rarely venture in. Insects represent almost 80% of all life forms in the world. Some are no bigger than a head of a pin and some are so bigger that they catch and devour on birds. They are everywhere. We need not to go to
forests or mountains in search of macro subjects, we can find them right in our doorstep, in our lawn or the small garden near our home.

Photographer Ripan Biswas belongs to a small village of Coochbehar, West Bengal, India. He is a masters in Environmental Science and presently teaching in a school. Nature has always inspired him since his childhood. The life and death of a grasshopper, the flashing green hue of a bee eater, the sound of smashing dry leaves on a forest floor in spring always keeps him enthralled.
Biswas started nature photography in 2008. Macro photography of insects is a special attraction to him.

Let’s take a look at his pictures.

A keen observation may detect a spider in this picture,
but in normal circumstances you would miss the spider 90 times in 100. They are so beautifully camouflaged into their environment.

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Looks are deceiving sometimes. Spider possesses neurotoxic venom. Injecting that venom through their fangs they can easily kill someone larger than their own size.

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Female spider has a bad reputation to kill and eat her partner in sex after the task is done. Here a female jumping spider devouring her partner after the work is done.

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Spiders are so ferocious hunter that they can easily hunt down a more advanced hunter. Thanks to their neurotoxic venom this wasp becomes helpless in front of a smaller and weaker spider.

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Luck does not always shine on someone. After finishing the wasp, that full belly spider has fallen prey to another more agile spider. In this brutal world hunger helps you to be vigil and swift. The lazyness after having a heavy meal gets you killed.

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Spiders are ferocious, spiders are ruthless, but they become extraordinary careful when comes it to rearing their offsprings. A wolf spider makes a sac especially to lay egg within it, not only that she carries that sac wherever she goes until those eggs become mature and ready to hatch.

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Duty of a mother does not end with hatching. A mother wolf spider carries her hatchlings on her back until they are old enough to hunt for themselves.

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If you think that the insect in this picture an ant, then you are not the only one who is making a big mistake. This spider looks and behaves like an ant in a special intention. It eats ants. It roams around ant colony and whenever get chance makes a good use of those foolish ants who failed to recognize it. The price of making mistake becomes very high sometimes.

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Not only on land, they have extended their hunting ground into water too. There are 8 species of spiders known for killing and eating fishes. They float on the water surface and wait. When some careless fish approaches into their striking distance those fangs strike.

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Red Weaver Ants are social insect. They are co operate each other in every task they do. Here a group of ants returning home after a successful hunt. That twig is the only way to reach their home. But that was beyond the reach of any single individual. They co operate each other to make a and bridge to reach the twig.

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They make their home in the upper canopy of tree. They collect and store various item to their nest. Here two ants are carrying a dry orange skin to their home.

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One such ant is carrying a tiny stone to their home. Science does not possess a clear idea why they collect such things.

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Some ants act as farmers. Those small dots on the green leave are called Aphids. Aphids collect sweet sap from a plant. Ants protect those aphids, even they relocate aphids according to their need. In return ants get sweet sap known as “honey dew” from those aphids.

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This is a tiny damselfly. Though they are small and cute looking but they are the fiercest hunter in the world of insects. They hunt on their wing. They eat almost everything they can hunt even themselves.

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This is what they look like at first. The are called the Nymph.

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It takes a few months to a few years depending on species to emerge adult Dragonflies and Damselflies from their nymph. When suitable time comes the nymph comes out from water and rest on something. Gradually adult Dragonfly or Damselfly comes out breaking the exoskeleton of the nymph and finally spread their wings in the air.

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Sometimes their first flight becomes the last flight of their life. Predators including others of their kind waits for the time when a Dragonfly or Damselfly takes their first flight. Their soft wings doesn’t support a long and sturdy flight so they become easy food for others. Here a Damselfly eating a newly emerged Damselfly of their same kin.

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His pictures are published in various national and international magazines, like Sanctuary Asia, Wild Planet Photo magazine, etc. and he has received many national and international awards in wildlife photography competitions.
He wishes to spread awareness through his photography and work.

Gears Biswas uses :

  1. Nikon D5200
  2. Tamrom 90mm macro
  3. Nikon 18-55mm VR (reversed)
  4. Viltrox JY 670.

 

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