The Last Bite

Ripan Biswas's Image

When a weaver ant colony went hunting for small insects on a dry riverbed, this beetle began to pick them off. In an act of defence, one of the ants bit into the predator’s hind leg, but the beetle swiftly turned and snipped its attacker in two. ‘The beetle kept pulling,’ says Ripan, ‘trying to rid itself of the ant’s grip.’

A tiger beetle’s bulging eyes are excellent for spotting prey, including flies, spiders and ants. It can sprint towards a meal so fast that it may struggle to see potential obstacles in time, holding its antennae out in front for guidance instead. Its bright orange spots may be a warning to predators that it uses poison – cyanide – for protection.


Behind the lens

Ripan Biswas

Ripan Biswas

India

Ripan has been inspired by nature since childhood - the life and death of a grasshopper, the flashing green hue of a bee-eater and the sound of crushing dry leaves on a forest floor always enthralled him. His work focuses on insect macro photography, and he would like to spread awareness about the natural world through his images.

Image details

  • Nikon D5200
  • Tamron 90mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/160 sec at f8  •   ISO 160  •   Viltrox ring flash
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