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Ken Ramos



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Ant Poison Reply with quote

Bet ya'all were expecting a photo of a bunch of dead ants. Laughing Well I am not so sure but this ant is on something that is quite deadly to humans, the small tiny flower of a shrub of which all parts are poisonous, a Strawberry Bush. Used many a year ago by Native Americans for various ailments, the art now lost to todays technology, the shrub can cause cardiac arrest in humans Shocked , though many wildlife browse on it. Wink


Ant & Strawberry Bush bloom
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice picture Ken - Euonymus sp. - apparently humans have to eat it in quantity for it to be a problem, but it is said to be fatal to cattle (but not deer(?)), who presumably eat rather more than a human would. It is thought to contain toxic glycosides, although I couldn't find any of known identity on a quick Google search
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting bit of info and a very well composed shot.!
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Graham and Aynia. I researched or "Goggled" only the shrub sometime ago and the source only made reference to it being highly toxic to humans but in what quantities it did not mention, however, enough was said to make me approach it with some caution as to handling. The flowers are not much to look at but in the fall the bursting seed pods are quite lovely with their brillant red color. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of nice detail in there Ken. Very good DOF also. You can see the ants palps Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug wrote:
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You can see the ants palps Shocked


Shame on it Shame on you It maybe should have covered those up. Laughing Thanks Doug Very Happy
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