Posts Tagged ‘spider’

A little while in Lalbagh…..

November 7, 2008

We had met at the Siddapura gate of Lalbagh to distribute some flyers for the walk on Sunday, and decided that I would take along both the 20D and my MLC as well….a great decision, as it turned out!

The morning light was just fantastic for photography, and I enjoyed the light on the grasses at the edge of the lake:

This photo is not a “good composition”; it flouts the “rule of thirds” and who knows how many other laws..but I like it, so here are the stand of ornamental palms on Lalbagh Lake, with their reflection:

more images from Lalbagh

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Flowers and a Web…

September 29, 2007

Found this in the evening sunshine:

floral website basavanagudi 280907

Couldn’t get the spider, though…perhaps it had gone to visit the World Wide Web!

Drama of Life and Death…near Ranganathittu, 16 July 07

July 17, 2007

I went to Ranganathittu area to do some birding and while I did have a lovely time, with all the usual birds on display, I also watched this little drama of life and death nearby….

On one of the weeds, I watched a butterfly alight on a flower. But inexplicably, almost as soon as it landed on the flower, the butterfly seemed suddenly to wilt…you can see it just hanging off the flower:

Butterfly drama 2 160707 Ranganathittu area

It then fell off altogether, and lay, dead or dying, on a leaf below. Intrigued, I decided to investigate. I gently held the flower to see what could have caused the death of the butterfly, which you can see lying (by now dead) on the leaf below:

Butterfly drama 3

All was revealed…from under the flower crawled the hunter, the predator, which had been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as the one that happened…

Butterfly drama 5

As soon as the butterfly landed, the spider bit it, and paralyzed the butterfly fatally. Even as I looked at it, it dropped off on to the leaf below to proceed to the meal:

Butterfly drama 4

Here’s a close-up of the predator..incredible, I could swear that was a “happy” face on the back of the spider!

Picture of the predator butterfly drama

I thought it was ironic to see a happy smiley face on the back of a creature which had just dealt a violent death to another…but on second thought, it was just a living creature getting a meal for itself, so I suppose, now that the meal was ready, a smiley wasn’t an inappropriate thing for the spider to have, as it went off for its lunch….