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ant family

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These are ants of the genus Amblyopone, the distinguishing characteristic of which is the unique mandible shape. The white maggots are actually ant larvae, which are the siblings of the nursing workers. The larvae would grow into adult ants in a few weeks. Ants undergo complete metamorphosis just like butterflies. Thanks..
IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
700x524px 64.53 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Shutter Speed
1/79 second
Aperture
F/8.0
Focal Length
72 mm
Date Taken
Aug 30, 2007, 4:30:05 AM
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yeah that's the difficult part. usually people use baits to make them stationary though. And if you keep ant colony as pets that would make it easier too to photograph them.
marble911's avatar
Awesome details! Those mandibles are scary, quite impressive.
What equipment did you use for this photo?
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Thanks. I use Canon PowerShot S2 IS, and Raynox DCR 250 filter.
marble911's avatar
Thanks for the info.
Your ant pics are great.
I'm still trying to get some good ones, but they often move way too fast for me to capture them...
mutmut's avatar
yeah that's the difficult part. usually people use baits to make them stationary though. And if you keep ant colony as pets that would make it easier too to photograph them.
marble911's avatar
What baits do you use? I guess it depends on the species, but any experience on what works well? I've tried a few things but with little success, or maybe I just didn't give them enough time. So I usually try taking pics when they are with aphids. Makes them stationary too.

Might keep one one day. Sure would be interesting. But there are so many insects I'd like to keep, and right now I've got enough work with my fire bugs :D
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Drops of sugar or honey should work well. I usually take pictures of ants consuming naturally occuring honey or sugar on plant parts. Ant-aphid interaction is also interesting, I haven't found any to photograph.

Yeah, there're so many interesting insects around.
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I tried sugar water once, but it didn't work out too well. Most of the ants didn't pay attention at all, and some of the others almost drowned. Then I tried fruit, but they all ignored the banana. I guess it's better to let them go their normal way and wait for an opportunity.
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yeah. It would look more natural I guess without the baits.
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