Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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Beatsy
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Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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I caught this group of ants in the compost bin, busily "velcro-ing" young-uns to the back of a rhubarb leaf. I never realised the pupae were so hairy until I saw this.
Sony A7riv + 90/2.8G macro + Canon MT24-EX twin flash. ISO 100, 1/125th, f/8. Heavy crop with 100% cropped inset (pixel for pixel)
Sony A7riv + 90/2.8G macro + Canon MT24-EX twin flash. ISO 100, 1/125th, f/8. Heavy crop with 100% cropped inset (pixel for pixel)
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Re: Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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Nice shot & montage!

These look like nearly mature larvae, not pupae. Except for the few that spin cocoons, ant pupae look more like adult ants except they're cream-colored and have all their limbs tucked in.

The adults may have figured it was easier to bring larvae to the food, than food to the larvae.

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Re: Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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Oops. Simple mis-spooking on my part - mixed the two up. Thanks Rik.

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Re: Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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very nice :smt041

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Re: Ants: sticking the kids in the nursery

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Very interesting find! There are ants that will nest in hollowed twigs or rolled leaves. This seems similar.
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