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I am Fired up-Dont Disturb me

I am Fired up-Dont Disturb me
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 0:56
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Weaver ants or Green ants (genus Oecophylla) are social insects belonging to the ant family, known for their communication and nest building behaviour. Weaver ants are social insects that have complex bio-chemical communication and make elaborate nests out of living tree-leaves. Weaver ants are found in the tropical forests of Africa, Australia and southeast Asia. They are colored a shade of red and are known for their painful, irritating bite.

The Weaver ants belongs to the ant genus Oecophylla (subfamily Formicinae) which consists of only two extant species; O. longinoda and O. smaragdina.[1] Oecophylla smaragdina is found in the tropical coastal areas in Australia as far south as Rockhampton and across the coastal tropics of the Northern Territory down to Broome in West Australia.

The common features of the genus include an elongated first funicular segment, presence of propodeal lobes, helcium at midheight of abdominal segment 3 and gaster capable of reflexion over the mesosoma. Males have vestigial pretarsal claws.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Genus: Oecophylla

Weaver ants form the most elaborate communicative organization in the insect world. They form complex organizations through their simple intelligence to emerge as an elaborate social structure. At first the queen ant lays her eggs among tree leaves while the worker ants engage in building the nest. This emergent ant society helps in building the nest by weaving together living tree leaves. This is done by first forming ant chains that hold together leaves and then manipulating the ant larva to produce silk in order to glue the tree leaves. Thus the ant colony emerges with the queen in the centre of the nest whose only purpose is to lay eggs while female ants engage in building the nest. The entire nest building activity is a very distributed process involving every ant.

A mature colony of weaver ants can hold as many as 100,000 to 500,000 workers and may span as many as 12 trees and contain as many as 150 nests. Weaver ant colonies have one queen and a colony can live for up to eight years. Minor workers usually remain within the egg chambers of the nest tending the larvae, whereas major workers defend the colony territory, assist with the care of the queen and forage.

Thanks for looking and many thanks for Medamana for correcting me.

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Nice close up of this ant.
Colors are really natural, good POV, too.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 1:07]

Hi Ganesh,
a great close-up of this ant.
Sharp with great detail and colours.
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-23 1:52]

Hi Ganesh,
excellent detail on such a small subject, great light and colours too, very well done!

Hi ganesh,
nice close-up shot of red ant with great light and colours, good sharpness,well done

Great macro and compo.

Hola Narayanan,
Bonito macro de este pequeño insecto, la nitidez y detalles son excelentes, saludos
José Ramón

selam ganesh, wow excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely ant nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

very good
sharpness, contrast, composition
well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-23 5:42]

Hello Ganesh,
Fine shot of a Red Fire Ant, showing us the details necessary tobe able to distinguish it from other ant types. Good focusing utilising the shallow DOF to best advantage and good composition on the leaves.
Excellent informative note.
TFS and have a good week,

Good clarity, focus and detail. Very close. We have fire ants here. You have well described them. They are dangerous. We have used a poison in the past, but now I'm not seeing their mounds anymore. I'm wondering if there is a natural enemy for them now. TFS! Reid

Hi Friend,
A lovely macro shot of this red ant. So small yet so nicely captured. Very well done in composition, details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi ganesan,
lovely macro shot, liked the point of view, lovely colours, the reflections of the ant looks very nice,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Narayanan,
wonderful close-up. Great details, sharpness and coloration. Nicely composed. Good notes. Thanks. best wishes

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-23 13:55]

Hi Ganesh. A very good close up of the ant.lot of detail with its big eyes showing. a nice POV. well done TFS. great notes too.

Hola Narayanan:
An extraordinary apprehension of an ant. A macro with maximum quality of definción, light and color. Brave. I like much and a place happens(passes) acupar in my gallery of favorite photos.

Cordial regards friend.


Nice picture. I question the id, however. This may be a red weaver ant, which makes nests using leaves of live trees.

Buenos detalles, composición y ángulo de disparo, aunque falta enfoque en bastantes zonas . Saludos

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-24 20:15]

Hello Ganesh

Very good shot of this ant.The focus and details are sharp.Excellent colour saturation.Very good pov and dof.TFS


Dear Ganesh,
Because of 3 weeks spent in Macedonia I overlooked this picture before. So it was really nice to discove it today :)
Great presentation of very unique insect species. I really do not know but I think that this is the first picture of this species on TN or at least one of the only few. So many thanks for showing special and unique. Especially that quality of this image is very good. Very nice details and DOF (I belive that it was rather small insect even if there is no infor about its size). I like also natural BG.
TFS and my best congratulation because of the effect!

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