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I took my shiny new Canon 50D out for a spin this weekend, and along the railroad tracks I found a worthy myrmecological subject: Crematogaster feeding at the swollen nectaries of an Ailanthus Tree of Heaven.  Ailanthus is an introduced Asian tree that’s gone weedy across much of North America.  Our local ants don’t seem to mind, though, it’s extra snack food for them.

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Formica aerata

Here’s an old shot from the files:

Formica aerata- the grey field ant- California

Formica aerata- the grey field ant- California

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60
ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper

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"Lean on Me", by Lesley Smitheringale

The Burrard-Lucas brothers held a wildlife portait competition, and the results are simply spectacular.  Click here to see the winners.

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Brownfield woods, Urbana, Illinois


photo details: Canon 17-40x wide angle lens on a Canon EOS 50D
ISO 400, 1/30 sec, f/7.1, leaf backlit with handheld 550ex strobe.

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Hikers at Purmamarca

Hikers at Purmamarca

Bits and pieces of landscapes, northern Argentina, March 2009.

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Procryptocerus mayri, Venezuela.

Procryptocerus mayri, Venezuela.

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

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Gnamptogenys mordax

Gnamptogenys mordax, Venezuela.

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

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Trichodes

Trichodes ornatus, the ornate checkered beetle. California.

Don’t let the pretty colors fool you. Trichodes ornatus, like many checkered beetles, is a fierce predator whose larvae attack the young of wood-boring insects.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS D60
ISO 100, 1/200 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper.

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Solenopsis geminata, the tropical fire ant.

Solenopsis geminata, the tropical fire ant

The latest upload concerns three species in the subfamily myrmicinae that have been traveling about the globe with human commerce.  Solenopsis geminata, the tropical fire ant, is the most worrying of these tramps, but the other two, Pheidole moerens and P. obscurithorax, are rather poorly known and probably merit more study than they receive.  Click to visit the gallery.

Incidentally, if I’d known at the time that Solenopsis geminata confers hero status on their collectors, I’d defintely have spent more time pointing them out to everyone within earshot when I photographed these in Durban, South Africa last year.

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The port at Mobile, Alabama, photographed from across the bay.

The port city of Mobile, Alabama holds special significance for students of ant science.  Jo-anne and I took a weekend trip down to the gulf coast in January, and as we are both myrmecologists we felt compelled to stop and take a few photographs.  Not only is Mobile the childhood home of ant guru E. O. Wilson, but the city’s docks have been the point of introduction into North America for some notorious pest ants.  We’d have neglected our intellectual heritage to just drive through.

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