EDIT : Milking
- Pearl (321)
- [2012-04-02 5:58]
A very nice capture of these black ants among the tiny yellow bugs.. The colors and clarity are wonderful, good exposure and DOF used.. the POV and composition is very nice with a very nice OOF BG.. TFS.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2012-04-02 6:00]
Good macro frame, my neighbour Jusni.
The activity taking place in this dark and hidden nook of nature only goes to emphasize that nature is active in its own way.
You have recorded this event very well.
- marius-secan (29598)
- [2012-04-02 8:33]
A very nice image. Amazing details and splendid colors. Lovely composition with exceptional contrast against the background and wonderful sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2012-04-02 9:30]
Ciao Jusni, lovely group of little ants, wonderful bright colors, splendid sharpness and fantastic details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- maaciejka (27117)
- [2012-04-02 10:49]
unusual photo of these ants. Great point of view. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,
but the Ants do not eat these aphids but milk them
Aphids, also known as plant lice and in Britain and the Commonwealth as greenflies, blackflies or whiteflies, (not to be confused with "jumping plant lice" or true whiteflies) are small sap sucking insects, and members of the superfamily Aphidoidea. Aphids are among the most destructive insect pests on cultivated plants in temperate regions. The damage they do to plants has made them enemies of farmers and gardeners the world over, but from a zoological standpoint they are a very successful group of organisms. Their success is in part due to the asexual reproduction capability of some species.
Some species of ants "farm" aphids, protecting them on the plants they eat, eating the honeydew that the aphids release from the terminations of their alimentary canals. This is a "mutualistic relationship".
These "dairying ants" "milk" the aphids by stroking them with their antennae.[Note 1]
Some farming ant species gather and store the aphid eggs in their nests over the winter. In the spring, the ants carry the newly hatched aphids back to the plants. Some species of dairying ants (such as the European yellow meadow ant, Lasius flavus) manage large "herds" of aphids that feed on roots of plants in the ant colony. Queens that are leaving to start a new colony take an aphid egg to found a new herd of underground aphids in the new colony. These farming ants protect the aphids by fighting off aphid predators.
- Hussain58 (4745)
- [2012-04-02 11:53]
Hope you are well. Just a quick word, this is a fantastic photo of these shiny black beautiful ants and these aphids, I think so I agree with pirate here. Thanks a lot for sharing a fine photo, take care.....warmest regards/Abid
- josediogo1958 (11747)
- [2012-04-02 12:30]
Impressive macro,wonderful composition,colors and sharpness on focus.
- lousat (65489)
- [2012-04-02 14:25]
Hi Jusni,a very excellent macro in a difficult light and position,the result is great,nice composition and impressives details,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
- siggi (52850)
- [2012-04-02 23:31]
Cool shot. The lighting is super and very good DOF and focus. Great shot, well done.Best regards Siggi