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Ant Lion?

Ant Lion?
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 180 mm F3.5 EX HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 10:49
Viewed: 3423
Points: 16
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I have something to share tonight. Last week, I could not visit Omkar Hills as I had to visit my parents at Mettur Dam. While driving to Mettur Dam from Bangalore you cross a ghat section called Thoppur. Thoppur is a protected forest and is infested with monkeys. It also has a small Herbal Garden. While driving towards Mettur Dam, I noticed a few butterflies near the Herbal Garden.

Myself and my son came back the next day morning to the Herbal Garden and went around taking pictures of Egg Butterflies, Plain Tigers and Lime Butterflies. We noticed a pair of these insects resting under the shades of a bush while we were looking for butterflies. This is the first ever time I had seen anything like this.

This was big, at least 6-8 cms, and had beautiful wings. The body resembled that of an Owlfly or a similar species. The antennae are distinctly familiar to the antennae of an Ant Lion. The wings are also transparent like an Ant Lion, with the exception of the black spots all over the wings. The eyes are not as metallic as those of the Ant Lions. Despite big wings, they have a weak flight and fly very short distances. They tend to settle down under darkness below bushes and that is where I caught this beauty. I had to go down to the ground level to capture this in its natural setting.

I believe that this is a specie of Ant Lion. If any one else has information on this please let me know.

Murali Santhanam

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-10-16 10:52]

hi murali uncle,
wow..its superb.fantastic detaisl and nice BG too.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-16 11:05]

Hello Murali,
yes it's a species of ant lion. But I'm not familiar with Indian species. Nevertheless, you show a superb picture of the species with clear details and high sharpness. Also the colours are very pleasant and natural. The background is highly suitable.
Best wishes, Peter

Dear Murali, Full marks, fantastic shot i like the beautiful wings. and patterns details you have captured. with best regards.vab.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-16 11:52]

Hello Murali,
Impressive capture of this Ant Lion with beautifully patterned wings. Excellent sharpness, good light and fine colours. I like the background too and the composition is lovely. Only little snag - you cropped a bit of the wing at the bottom.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Murali
You had a great catch :-)
Perfect focusing,lighting and BG,Welldone.


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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-16 16:00]

Hi Murali,
What a great macro shot for I have never seen it before. Great work you made.

Great macro, should have include the lower part of its wing. Over all very nice.
Best regards,

  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-17 4:58]

Murali Sir superb and what an excellent catch. Fantastic view. Ganesh smiley tomorrow

Dear Mr. Murali

This is absolutely Ant lion and i have photographed twice before, one in omkar hills. good one .

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