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Copyright: Mike Muizebelt (Mousehill) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 64 N: 183] (754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DS, Pentax F 100/2.8 macro
Exposure: f/22, 1/128 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ants, Hormigas, Ameisen, Miers, Fourmis, Formiches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-23 18:18
Viewed: 4940
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Weaver Ants
Oecophylla smaragdina

Weaver Ants eat any small creatures that they can find, but they are particularly attracted to nectar. The weaver ants do not have a stinger, but inflict a painful bite which is aggravated by irritating chemicals secreted from their abdomen.

Main features: Large reddish ants with a fierce bite.
Status in Thailand: Common.
World distribution: Tropical Old World from India to Taiwan, across Southeast Asia to Australia.

Weaver Ants' nests are among the most complex ants' nests. The ants choose living leaves to build nests. These provide well camouflaged protection from predators and the elements. To create their neat nest, chains of worker ants form along the edge and pull the edges together by shortening the chain by one ant at a time. Once the edges are in place, an ant holds one of their larvae in its mandibles and gently squeezes it so the larvae produces silk. The silk is used to glue the leaf edges together. The larvae have special glands to produce lots of strong silk. The adults do not produce silk.

A colony may be dispersed over several nests which may be placed in various locations in a tree, or even span several trees. The queen is located in one nest and her eggs are distributed to the other nests.

The ability of simple-minded ants to co-ordinate on such complex tasks is being studied for applications in robotics. If the ants' behaviour could be better understood, simple cheap robots could be built that could achieve complex tasks.

Exposure: 1/125s
Flash: Ringflash mounted on the lens
Aperture: f22
Iso: 200
Macro: 1:1

Runnerduck, cedryk, dew77, marhowie, scottevers7, livios, ellis49, sAner, Luc has marked this note useful
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An amazing image, and also an incredible hard one to capture as they don't keep still!
Excellent pov and dof, love the comp.
Superb detail, well done and thanks for posting.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-23 21:35]

Une bonne photo de cette fourmis. La prise de vue est excellente et les couleurs sont belles.

Félicitations et merci!

Hello Mike,

Great POV, composition and details. I guess the one watching is a guard protecting the others that are workers. Am I right?
Best greetings,

  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-24 0:07]

Hi Mike,
Excellent shot with good detail on this fast moving critter. I like the diagonal composition too.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-11-24 2:46]

great capture! i like the two sided composition. very well detailed. great work. tfs

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-24 8:56]

Hello Mike!
Wonderful ant close up.Details,lighting,dark BG,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Very unique and interesting presentation Mike.
The POV and dramtatic composition are fantastic! Thank you on our Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.

Hi Mike,
Great composition on this shot. The angle you have taken this at is really good. The colors and detail look superb to me. Excellent work!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-24 11:15]

Mike, this one has a very nice composition and a great pov.

I like bg a lot too.

Its pose seems rather funny in my opinion - and I do enjoy it.

Hi Mike.
The contrast, composition and colours are very good.
I like the POV too.
Very well done.

Hi Mike,

Incredible close up of this small insect, very nice detial clearly defining the ant. :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-27 4:57]

Excellent picture Mike! The main subject is very sharp and I love the composition with the diagonal line. The black bg works very well. Well done & TFS!


Hi Mike,
Excellent shot!
Great composition and POV,
very nice colours and good details.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-11-29 6:53]

Excellent macro! Superb POF and DOF. Congratulations.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-14 21:51]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good macro.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Mike.
Have a good day/evening/night!

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