Ant head

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Charles Krebs
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Ant head

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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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Post by Gordon C. Snelling »

Very nice shot of a Formica genus ant.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

Quite a shot there Charlie, look as though it is smiling for the camera. :D

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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?

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Post by Charles Krebs »

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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Post by rjlittlefield »

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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