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Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification
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Copyright: Matthew Test (mrt5003) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 39] (162)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16 8:25
Viewed: 4090
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an image of a leafcutter ant carrying a leaf fragment down a tree, from the canopy to the mound. Back at the mound, the leafcutter ants use these leaf fragments to harvest fungus that will be used to feed the colony. The ants then tend to the fungus, keeping it free from pests and molds. The magnitude of biomass removal by these guys is incredible and it is quite a sight to see as huge trails of ant after ant carry leaves through the forest. According to wikipedia, leafcutter ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth, with colonies of up to 8 million members.

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Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 07-17 07:33
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Hallo Matthew
This a beautiful capture, true to nature. So many people, in fact the most of us will pass a scene like this, maybe not even noticing it or think it is something not important. But I think this is such a ideal example of the lives of the ants. This is really a great macro which I think is not appreciated enough. Thanks for sharing as well as your interesting note supplied. I am sure if Ingrid Shaul see this image she will add it to her theme about animal behaviour. Although tiny the details of the ant's build and body structure is brought across beautifully. Thanks for sharing, I found it very interesting. Best regards.

Great interest and that ant is right where it should be.
Your subject is clear & sharp, good use of flash.
This is what TN is really all about..
One could say TN's "biodiversity" of images is equal to the "magnitude" of "biomass" removal here..
True marvels of nature :)

Dear Matthew,

This is truly a document of ""Animal Behaviour"", and I am grateful to my friend Anna (Miss Piggy) to point out your work to me!

I like your well focused and sharp photo,supported by informative notes.

I am quite fascinated by ants and often watched their well organised team work
on the farm, when they carried away prey - much bigger - still alive and struggling.

I wish you a good week-end
Kind Regards
and best wishes from South Africa

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