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NikonUser



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 7:59 am    Post subject: Eastern Carpenter Ant Reply with quote

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Common throughout eastern NA with colonies up to 15,000 workers.
Nests exclusively in rotting wood, either above ground or on the ground.
Recognizable by large size, up to 14 mm, all black body with golden hairs on the gaster (abdomen).

Top image: nest entrance, guarded by workers, in a wooden power-line pole at edge of a bog.
Bottom: last worker to leave from beneath a large piece of wood on forest floor.

Top: Nikon 200mm AF Macro-Nikkor @ f/22
Bottom: Nikon 200 AF Macro-Nikkor + 5T close-up attachment @ f/22

creosoted pole, wet soil and wood, shiny black ants, and flash make for spectacular highlights!

For lateral view (dead) see:
https://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34250


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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice photos, ants are never easy.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good! I agree: Ants are not easy! They do not stop moving.
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