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Black Harvester Ant 2

Black Harvester Ant 2
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-10 9:40
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Points: 10
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Black Harvester Ant
The black harvester ant is one of many species of harvester ants found in Southern Africa. Harvested seeds are the primary food source of the black harvester ant. These ants will collect a single seed or plant until the supply is exhausted, at which point they will begin harvesting another type of seed.

The black harvester ant's antennae consist of twelve segments without a club. Under the head is a row of long hairs, known as the psammophore. The thorax and head contain shallow parallel grooves, with a pair of spines located atop the thorax.

Unlike other ant species, black harvester ants do not nest inside other structures. Instead, they seek out areas, which are open and clear of vegetation. They build their mounds and cover them with gravel, charcoal, tiny rocks or fragments of dead vegetation. This debris serves as a solar energy trap, controlling nest temperature. Black harvester ant nests are excavated deep within the ground and may span 30 feet in diameter.
Swarming black harvester ants are common during the summer. Soon after mating with ants from nearby colonies, male ants die and females land in search of new nesting sites. Colonies of black harvester ants are populous, but contain only one queen, who can survive up to 30 years.
Because they are desert dwellers, black harvester ants do not commonly encounter humans. However, they do sometimes build nests near human dwellings, and black harvester ants sting when disturbed or attacked by predators.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-10 10:33]

Bonjour George, bonne macro de fourmi et ce n'est pas chose facile vu la petite taille de la bÍte!! great details and perfect colors too. Well done, Best regards, Didier.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-10 10:36]

Wow! great details!!! spectacular and awful at the same time.
Bravo, dear F!
Regards from,

Hi George,
Excellent Macro with superb clarity in detail and sharpness. Beautiful colours, light management and DOF. Enjoy your evening,

Hello George
Great photo with excellent composition and impressive sharpness. Very interesting note too!

Ciao George, fantastic macro of lovely ant with amazing details, wonderful sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-11 11:42]

Hi George,this is the way of how to transform a simple and little black ant in a great spectacle.Fantastic pic,top sharpness on the ant and very nice background too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

LOVE how your pics always take us on the most incredible journeys..and just what hairy thing is this desert dweller crawling on!!!!! dang :0)

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