Ants and friends

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Ants and friends

Post by orionmystery »

Eooxylides tharis distanti (Branded Imperial) butterfly, with a yellow crazy ant!

This beautiful butterfly was too big for the MPE65. I had to take 4 shots for merging/stitching.

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Myrmicaria sp.
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A dead ant and an aphid. Ophiocordyceps kill, early stages.
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Two
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weaver ant queen
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A Diacamma sp. ant, and a sow bug.
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Post by DQE »

Thanks for the very interesting series!
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Do you have any seasonal effects or patterns in the life of bugs in your area? I've been assuming that there is no change from season to season if one is near the equator.
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Post by lauriek »

That must be a tiny woodlouse in the last shot (or a mahoosive big ant!)

Nice set as usual Kurt!

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Post by DQE »

lauriek wrote:That must be a tiny woodlouse in the last shot (or a mahoosive big ant!)

Nice set as usual Kurt!
I figure the ants in the rain forest are at least 6 inches long!

(A confession - my image of the rain forest is based on 1950s jungle survival/expedition movies. In those movies, everything from the Creature from the Black Lagoon to giant, hyper-aggressive army ants were an imminent danger to visitors! <insert grins here>)
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Post by Harold Gough »

An excellent series.

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Post by abpho »

Great shots.

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Post by crisarg »

Very nice shots, I like the first 3 most.
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Post by gmazza »

Very nice set, esp the close butterfly and ant and the "muscle" ant in the third photo.
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Post by tpe »

Great shots of course, just how big are these ants. We are moving into a new building that housed 3 floors of of leafcutter ants , some of the casts are big but even then they are very small in comparison to these monsters. I would not like a bite from any of them. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming

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Post by orionmystery »

Thanks for looking and commenting, tpe, Gustavo, abpho, Harold, Laurie, Phil, crisarg.

Phil - can't say I have really noticed any seasonal difference at all. Biggest ants in the neck of my wood would be the Camponotus gigas, only up to 28.1 mm for soldier and 20.9 for workers.

You can see one being attacked by phoridae flies here:
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Laurie - the ant was of normal size...probably 5mm...the woodlouse was tiny though. In fact I only saw something moving but didn't know what it was at the time of pressing the shutter!

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Hi there,
Impressive, what else can I say. Love these images ;)
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Harald wrote:Hi there,
Impressive, what else can I say. Love these images ;)
Thank you Harald.

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Post by lauriek »

Blimey so that pill bug is about 1-1.5mm long, I've never seen one that small, even the babies I've seen weren't that small!

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Post by Planapo »

That last shot of the C. gigas and the phorid fly is a great picture! Did you get both animals in this one single shot in such great poses in focus or was it photoshopped from two different photos?

An does the Camponotus make a kind of defending movement here?

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Post by SONYNUT »

28MM ANTS...NOOOOOOOOO THANKS :shock:
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