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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Ant head Reply with quote

On my last trip into the Olympic Mountains here in WA, I came across several large ant mounds (about 3 feet wide and perhaps 1.5 ft tall) made up primarily of fir needles. This is a head shot of one of the numerous inhabitants.

Olympus BHS, Olympus 4X S Plan Apo. Stacked using Helicon Focus.
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Gordon C. Snelling



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice shot of a Formica genus ant.
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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a shot there Charlie, look as though it is smiling for the camera. Very Happy
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautifully lighted and stacked!

There are some interesting differences in the striation patterns between the antennae and and on the big plate between the antennae and mandibles. Is there perchance enough detail in your original image that you could show us a closer crop of that area?

--Rik
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Charles Krebs



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rik... not exactly sure what parts you want a closer look at, but here's a piece of the above shot that covers the areas you mentioned.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bingo! That's it exactly what I wanted to see!

Lovely (as expected...)

Now can you tell me about the specimen? Dried, frozen, preserved in alcohol, merely stunned with CO2?

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