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Copyright: Sam Radjabi (olontur) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 2 N: 15] (91)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 300D, EF 75-300mm III USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-04 3:09
Viewed: 4219
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was at the upper left corner of the shot of the mating wevils. I hadn't noticed it until cropping that picture for posting. Funny how well in focus it is though I put my attention somewhere else.
I guess a little fiddling with the histogram would brighten things up...

Thanks for looking

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Dear Sam,
you really put interesting subjects in the limelight. I interpret the pic as follows: this ant holds on to thev plant only by the mandibles, the legs are free. The animal is dying or dead from an interiour fungus infection. The infesting fungus alters the behaviour of the ant and forces it to seek out an exposed part of a plant. The fungus will later on make spores that leave the dead ant and will be optimally distributed by the wind. A strange story but confirmed in some cases. Thanks for bringing it up! Keep up bringing interesting biology to TN from Iran!
Cheers, Dietrich

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