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Black Ant


Black Ant
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Copyright: al coroza (alpo430) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 15] (119)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot s5is, raynox dcr 250 macro conversion lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-13 23:51
Viewed: 7753
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae (pronounced /fɔrˈmɪsəˌdiː/), and along with the related wasps and bees, they belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. Today, more than 12,000 species are classified with upper estimates of about 14,000 species.They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and certain remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems, and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study.

Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents.However, their ability to exploit resources brings ants into conflict with humans, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant, are regarded as invasive species, since they have established themselves in new areas where they have been accidentally introduced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant

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Well done macro...so wonderfull...

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2009-06-14 3:24]

Hi,
this is a tremendous macro, wth great details. I didn't get ants that close yet with my 50mm macro.
Well done Oki

Absolutely spectacular Al.
Not only a good sharp macro,but very well exposed with every detail visible on the darkest surfaces.
Very nice work.
Cheers
Steve

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-14 6:19]

Hello
Excellent macro shot. Well done.
Regards
Razvan

Hi Al,

My sincere congratulations, this is an absolutely perfect macro. You've handled very well your S5is Canon camera, you use the flash has been perfect. The details of the ant are superb.

Regards & TFS,

Jesús

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