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A couple mortraits

I sometimes get requests for stylistic pictures of dead ants.  From pest control industry folks, usually.  And I always have to beg off.  Somehow, with my global image library of hundreds of different ant species, I’ve had nothing but live insects.  Dead bugs never held much aesthetic appeal, I guess.

Well, Pest Control People.  Just for you I’ve sold out.  Here, at last, is your ex-ant.

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(Incidentally, this ant wasn’t even dead.  It was knocked out with CO2 and walked off 5 minutes later.)

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I can’t imagine a more unpleasant way to go. This poor oleander aphid (Aphis nerii) has its innards sucked out by a hoverfly larva.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D
f/13, 1/250 sec, ISO 100
MT-24EX flash diffused through tracing paper

levels adjusted in Photoshop.

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