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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): posts with a difference, TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-22 4:41
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a fun shot taken one fine morning while I was preparing myself to start chasing butterflies in an open courtyard, lush after the early monsoon rains. I am sure a lot of our esteemed members would have done a better job of this, my limited equipment fails me most times than not. Anyway, I liked the way the Weaver Ants had entangled themselves and were enjoying each others embrace. Shot taken hand-held in early sunlight. Hope everyone like it.

Weaver ants or Green ants (genus Oecophylla) are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae (order Hymenoptera). Weaver ants are obligately arboreal and are known for their unique nest building behaviour where workers construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk. Colonies can be extremely large consisting of more than a hundred nests spanning numerous trees and contain more than half a million workers. Like many other ant species, weaver ants prey on small insects and supplement their diet with carbohydrate-rich honeydew excreted by small insects (Hemiptera). Oecophylla workers exhibit a clear bimodal size distribution, with almost no overlap between the size of the minor and major workers. The major workers are approximately eight to ten millimeters in length and the minors approximately half the length of the majors. There is a division of labour associated with the size difference between workers. Major workers forage, defend, maintain and expand the colony whereas minor workers tend to stay within the nests where they care for the brood and 'milk' scale insects in or close to the nests. Oecophylla weaver ants vary in color from reddish to yellowish brown dependent on the species. Oecophylla smaragdina found in Australia often have bright green gasters. These ants are highly territorial and workers aggressively defend their territories against intruders. Because of their aggressive behaviour, weaver ants are sometime used by indigenous farmers, particularly in southeast Asia, as natural biocontrol agents against agricultural pests. Although Oecophylla weaver ants lack a functional sting they can inflict painful bites and often spray formic acid directly at the bite wound resulting in intense discomfort.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Oecophyllini
Genus: Oecophylla

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-22 5:01]

Hi Sumon,
i haven;t a clue whats going on here, but it looks like the Ants are definitely enjoying themselves ;o)
The bright light has allowed you to get some excellent detail and a good sharp focus. Colours are very nice too, well done!

Hola Sumos, un excelente macro, buena aproximación y detalle, nitida y con buen color. Un saludo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-22 5:30]

Hello Sumon,
It is for sure an original shot. Very funny the way these Weaver ants embrace, may be its rather an agressive behaviour..
Thanks also for your very instructive note. I always notice that ants are most interesting insects and it is fascinating to observe them in nature
Best regards

Ants are not kind of embrasing eachother. Like Anel I would also think in first thisis a fight.
Very unusual and interesting
Technically perfect shot. Uncentering the ants to the bottom right would have been even beter thought.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-09-22 5:54]

Hi Sumon.

Indeed a funny and well captured macro,good focus and detailed compo,the ants contrast very well against the green leave,well done,I hope you managed to take some butterflies as well that day,tfs


Now that is another classic...I like the way you get in close and sharp....I am starting to think that larger bulky DSLR's are not so important..I have better blood flow to my brain now at least...no more lugging heavy things around my neck...very fine image Sumon..I shall add to the classics..

Hello Sumon,

Excellent capture of these three ants. A difficult picture and you succeded very well, difficult to do better I think. Great sharpness. Very good composition. Excellent light and well saturated colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-22 6:48]

Hello Sumon,
It don't seems to be very friendly what's going on there. Fantastic photo in splendid light and colours. Very sharp and a good composition.

hello sumon,
this one looks quite interesting and i have never seen anything like this before, this is great quality macro, this sony prosumer produces professional quality image when in your hands which speaks voilumes about your skills as a photographer,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-22 9:36]

Hi Sumon,

You captured the action wonderfully. Doesn't look like an embrace to me - looks more like a battle. At any rate they are certainly wrapped up in one another. Colors and details are great! Very unique and an excellent display of the behavior of these ants.


Hello Sumon.
What spectacular picture!
Fine colours, sharpness and details.
A extraordinary flagrant of this confusion of ants!
Congratulations for the beautiful work photographic!
José Roberto

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-22 19:16]

Hi Sumon,
Incredible details and colors in this great action shot.
Hand held my gosh, what a steady hand you have. Looks like a rough imbrace, thanks for sharing Sumon.

Hi Sumon Da,
A nice capture of these fighting weaver ants. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sumon,

What a great capture, looks like there all playing "Twister", but then again I think it's more likely to be a full blown fight, amazing detail, and really well captured, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Entangled they certainy are, Sumon. My, what a pile!
The formation reminds me of abstract sculpture in gold.
The eyes of the three ants are well-aligned and emanate a sense of ecstasy being experienced through the passionate triple embrace.
A truly fun picture but very strong technically.
You under-rate your magic camera.
Well done and TFS.
And thanks for identifying the Owlfly for me. I'm obliged.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-23 2:42]

Sumon, this is brilliant and just superb. great work and what a found you had. Beautiful one Ganesh

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-23 9:40]

Hi Sumon,incredibles details!! I think that you're the king of macro on TN ! As your last bugs,this pic too have a top quality!!!My best compliments,funny and great!! Luciano

Hi Sumon, great capture of lovely little creatures with fantastic details, splendid focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-23 21:22]

Hey Sumon,
I do have a similar situation recorded and satshed away in my archives and been wondering what the hell was happening then...now i know there are more people who have noticed this kind of "triple sundae" mood among these ants:0)

Lovely colours as always with fine details and a crisp capture that bears a Sumon trademark.
Very well done.
TFS & cheers

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-27 17:29]

Hello Sumon! What a great shot it is, perfect sharpness and great lighting. A GREAT picture!


Un joli gros plan. Quel mélange !
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-14 1:47]

Hi Sumon,
Are they wrestling? :o) I like the moment you captured, well seen! TFS

Hello my friend Sumon,
I can see three fellows are having funs here, hehe!
this is a great and superb macro compare with the size of such a small ant!
so sharp with very nice colour and superb details over them!
well done
take care and sincere regards

Hi Sumon,
This is a great shot of these Weaver ants entwined in battle.
Fantastic detail and colours here.
I wonder why they're called green ants?
They look pretty orange to me.
AWesome capture!

Hello Sumon
I don't know why you think it is not a very good job. I think it is beautiful picture.
Good composition and exposition.
Sharpness is also very good.
Thanks for sharing

Hi My firend Sumon,
A great shot of these embracing weawer ants:) -funny indeed- with superb clarity and sharpness. 1st class shoot.
TFS this gem my friend.


Hello Sumon,

A fun situation indeed!
I'm trying to count heads here and comes to three, hehehe...
Good details and fun shadow play, and the image has vivid colours and a fine feeling of depth!

Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-17 3:49]

Hi Sumon.
And sorry. I have missed so many your amazing pictures. Simply amazing macro shot. Pictured scene and quality of the image are great and not be so modest. Till these days I have not so nice ant pictures at all. Superb sharpness and details, great DOF and wonderful colours. All is great in this picture. Bravo.

Hello Sumon!
You are right, this is unique picture. Af first view I elieved that this ants are fighting.
Very good DOF and sharpness, what was not easy to keep for so small objects. I like also that you provide us Latin name of genus for these creatures. It is always nice to know what we are looking at :)
Greetings from Lodz,

Hi Sumon,
A very nice and unique image, I never see before ants in such situation. The photo is well taken, with good illumination and sharpness. Well done!!

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