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Ants killing Cicada

Ants killing Cicada
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Copyright: Reid Stone (go2stones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 0 N: 389] (1279)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-14 3:48
Viewed: 3654
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During my camera walk, I heard some loud buzzing in the leaves. It sounded like a cicada taking off, but no cicada left. I found ants attacking the cicada. It trashed wildly and threw some of them off, but they charged right back. In an amazing group effort, the ants succeeded in killing the cicada. In this image, the battle is almost over.

I'll post an image in a workshop showing the throes of the battle.



Argus, angybone, eqshannon, PaulH, ridvan, gracious, jrobertop, jmirah, haraprasan, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Strange scene. Interesting to look at.
I'm not sure that ants can take down a young healthy cicada. Maybe this one was wounded, aged or cold, which may impaire the salvation by taking off. Good you let it to the ants. The repeated bytes were probably enough to ensure a delayed death, anyway. That is an enormous meal. It makes their day.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-14 5:27]

Hello Reid,
An interesting capture and fine contribution to TN. One can speculate about why the ants attacked the Cicada in the first place but it certainly shows yet another struggle with death as part of life. The ants show up well in this shot and one can make out the comparitively huge cicada. Would they be able to take it to their heap?
As a coincidence I took a couple of shots of a Black Woodpecker this morning: it was eating ants! Quality was poor though so I doubt if I would post it.
TFS and have a fine weekend!

Wow...interesting and kinda scary, isn't it? Like a cicada nightmare.
Very very interesting.

And to think it had waited all that time to be around. Life is dangerous even in the insect world and your picture stories brings it all into perspective in both ways.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-14 9:32]

Hi Reid,
combined with your workshop, you've shown quite a struggle here! You did well to find this mini battle amogst the undergrowth and capture it so well. Great exposure and detail, lots to see in this one.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-14 11:11]

selam reid, excellent shot and very good composition the end of cicada .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hello Reid,
Perfect close-up with sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

Hi Reid,
...and the life continues!
Very interesting register.
Excellent photographic quality.
Congratulations for the excellent work!
Josť Roberto

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-14 22:44]

Hi Reid,
Exceptional capture of a trajic event. I'm kind of partial to Cicadas, they remind me of summer days of my childhood. Great color, detail and exposure. A really fine photo.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-14 23:12]

Hi Reid,
Just marking this one for writing a proper critique later. Sorry, absolutely tied up, it seems I have got to do a lot of writing over the weekend.

Hi Mr. Reid,
A very good capture of these tiny little ants getting over a giant Cicada. Sorry for the cicada. Both this and WS are well captured and presented. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Reid,
Interesting post and WS mf.
Great sharpness & detail, with good DOF.
It looks to me like the "killing" part is over, and this is the first shift of the clean-up crew :)
TFS & Have a great weekend!

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