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Green Tree Ants


Green Tree Ants
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/105 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ants, Hormigas, Ameisen, Miers, Fourmis, Formiches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-23 5:59
Viewed: 3753
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green Tree Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) are a common ant of coastal tropical woodlands in the Northern Territory and Queensland. They are also known as weaver ants due to their habit of weaving leaves together to form nests. Silk produced by their larvae is used to construct the nests. The ants are aggressive and ferociously defend their nests against disturbance. They readily bite, though its not painful, just annoying, though if you happen to accidentally disturb the nest you can be attacked by hundreds of individuals and it can be an unpleasant experience. They forage through trees and in the leaf litter attacking any unfortunate insect they come across, dismembering the victim and taking it back to the nest.
I accidentally disturbed this nest at Greenant Creek in Litchfield National Park and they certainly let me know about it. I know the shot is not very sharp, but I was being attacked (that’s my excuse anyway). Slightly cropped and 60% USM applied.

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i'm getting itchi!nice shot of these little ants, good compo and colours, well done!

Good shot Chris.
Never seen this before.
Good colours and details.
Good note.
Well done.

These ants are different from our common "formica rufa", with this green abdomen. I wish it was possible to have a closer look at them, specially at the base of the leaf, top side, where the focus seems to be spot on. Details on ants are very interesting. I've added your contribution to the ants theme.

Bugger that! I'd try and take this with a zoom lens,from a few hundred metres away!
They look like they'd move fast too.
Yet another reason to stay in Godzone ;)

Very good sharp shot. I prefer to have the bacground blurred better, but I don't try to let You touch insects. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-23 11:00]

Good Job Chris. The detail is good and the post is very informative. Keep em coming

I just love the stuff you post, Chris. Fabulous creatures. I have never seen this ants before. You manged to get the details on them and the leave they are putting togehter very nicely. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-24 11:08]

This is incredible, I can almost se the column move. The shot is nice and sharp as well.

Thanks for posting

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