|Copyright: Enio Branco (Brutamonte)
|Date Taken: 2007-08-01|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot W50|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-08-01 20:58|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]|
|Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related families of wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. They are a diverse group of more than 12,000 species, with a higher diversity in the tropics. They are known for their highly organized colonies and nests, which sometimes consist of millions of individuals. Individuals are divided into sub-fertile, and more commonly sterile, females ("workers"), fertile males ("drones"), and fertile females ("queens"). Colonies can occupy and use a wide area of land to support themselves. Ant colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the colony appears to operate as a single entity.|
Ants have colonized almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ant species are Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, and the Hawaiian Islands. When all their individual contributions are added up, they may constitute up to 15 to 25% of the total terrestrial animal biomass.
Termites, sometimes called white ants, are not closely related to ants, although they have similar social structures. Velvet ants, although resembling large ants, are wingless female wasps.
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- [2007-08-02 10:38]
a nice macro with good colors and detail,well captured and tfs this picture and informative note,
Muito bom macro,boa luz e nitidez.