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nto



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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Messor Ant Reply with quote

Very Happy

350d efs 60mm and ef-25II iso 100 1/200 f/4 (60 jpg aligned with CombineZM, stacked with Tufuse) two lights , crop approximate 20%



ciao
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great image Antonio.

The lighting, the background and composition are superb. The subject is well defined and positioned beautifully.

Craig
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antonio,

I second what Craig said. Love the composition !

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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A wonderfully beautiful photo Antonio. Excellent everything Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely photograph, Antonio! I agree with all the others.

Just one thing about your title: Carpenter ants are ants of the formicine genus Camponotus.
However, your picture does not show a Camponotus sp. , but a harvester ant of the genus Messor.

--Betty
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Betty was quicker. It is indeed a Messor. It could be Messor structor or Messor barbarus. I would wote for the second. As I photographed only structor so far, and this one is a little "strange" to me. Good work.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You to All Smile Thanks Betty and Pèter for Ant ID , I renamed caption post
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This would look great on the side of a bus!

with the caption,

"It's the little things that matter - Think Big!"
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

augusthouse wrote:

"It's the little things that matter - Think Big!"


Craig thanks to encourage Very Happy I Think Big nikkor 10x Dancing

Pèter i look photos messor barbarus minor and almost similar to spanish ants Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This ant has a very blunt mandible. I wonder if this is a very old ant. Most ant species send the oldest ant out from the nest for foraging. It has several reason. The experienced ant has more chance to survive. And an old specimen is less loss for the nest if disappear, as the workers have limited life span.
Going back to the blunt mandible, the harvester ants (mainly the soldiers) ground the seeds with their mandible. They make "ant bread" from the seeds.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks again Pèter, ant found outside the nest, I learn a lot from this forum Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow awesome shot!!!!
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