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Slow and Agonizing Death!

Slow and Agonizing Death!
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, M-PE65mm Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 4:47
Viewed: 4347
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This ant was merely lifeless with its jaws clamped onto that leaf. Most probably infected by a digenetic trematode. By exposing and immobilising the ant, the parasite ensured that the ant will get eaten. Thus enabling the parasite to transfer to the next host of its life cycle.

The ant pic here is of the genus Polyrachis. They can be readily identified by the spines on the petiole and mesosoma, large size and glossy black body. And also, the first segment of the gaster is much longer than the other segments. Some species have their abdomen covered in fine gold hairs.

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  • Great 
  • moody (62)
  • [2007-02-13 4:53]

Wow, its a lovely and pin sharp pic. I love that. Cheers, Moody

Hello Leo!
Amazing macro! :) Great DOF with very good details. I like also the POV and very interesting note.
Best greetings,

  • Great 
  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-02-13 5:46]

Hi Leo,
THe details on the ant are simply gorgeous. Very nice POV.
Badruddin Ali

Amazing close up!!!
One of the best ant shot ever seen.
Colors are great and well exposed.
Nice compo and amazing details.

Hi Leo,
great details - it's an amzazing shot with your macro,

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-13 9:09]

Fantastic macro!!!Nice POV&DOF is excellent!!


Lovely Closeup.

Murali Santhanam

  • Great 
  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-13 12:46]

Wow! Excellent shot with excellent sharpness and bg!
Great composition and interesting note.
Congrats and thank you very much for sharing

Great shot.

Good macro.
Nice composition. Great to see how the ant is 'manufactured'; very delicate engineering:-)

A digenetic nematode? Aren't those developping in mollusc and then in vertebrate. Can they attack ants then?

Exellent. I'm amazed how sharp this macro shot is. So detailed !
I found the composition a little too centered and I made a workshop. Hope you will like.

Hi Shakerz,

It's a good shot with your macro....
I like it.
Congrats and thank you very much for sharing..

Hi Leo,

Amazing sharpness and a beautiful macro. Its has a beautiful framing too...

Thanks for sharing!

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