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We have an unprecedented number of ant nests in our lawn this year. I've no idea why, and I wonder if anyone else has too?
Young female and male ants of the Camponotus japonicus species grow in the nests and become adults with four wings each autumn. These adults pass the winter in the nests and crawl out of there in May of the following year. These female and male ants will then mate with each other. Mating will take place in the evening of a muggy day around May 20. To begin with, male ants will take off flying into the air as they are lighter than the females. Females, which have larger and heavier bodies, take off from a blade of grass or stones as if they have leapt from there. Female ants fly toward a male ant by trailing the pleasant odour that he releases.

So with that in mind, having taken a photo of a fairy [on a bag in the Hospice shop] and a step with holes [up to the mobile at the health centre] I put this together. It would be lovely to see pink fairies coming out of the ant nests, but then it is silly Sunday WinkWinkWink
Thanks for looking
Helen

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:2 May 2014 - 9:57 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Coming out of the nest
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:4 May 2014 - 2:23 PM
Tags:A bit of imagination or poetic license, Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Fairies, Humour / fun, Metal strip with holes, Silly sunday, Sports / action
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 2:40 PM

That would be very lovely indeed. And especially if they looked like these little girls. Excellent work Helen. Shows how one thing leads to another.

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digital_boi
4 May 2014 - 2:43 PM

brought a smile Helen no increase in ants up here

Graham

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
4 May 2014 - 3:45 PM

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Nice work!
IB

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mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 3:54 PM

If i saw 2000 pink fairies (or even one) flying out of an ants nest i think i would
seriousley look at my drinking habits, SmileSmileTongue nice idea and presentation.

Dave.

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 3:59 PM

I'd rather have these than the ants SmileSmile
Rende

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1070 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 4:00 PM

I wish our ants looked like this!
Moira

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 4:39 PM

This is a super piece of silliness. Can't stand ants - have had some bad arguments with them in the past. But if they looked this pretty, well............ Grin
Joan.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 6:06 PM

A great one.
I have a problem with Ants in my Greenhouse.
NettaSmile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:25 PM

Me too with the ants.....

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6187 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 7:36 PM

Really well done Helen. I love it.
Derek

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 8:11 PM

Your imagination has no bounds, Helen!
We seem to have quite a few ants nest in our garden, too, by the way!!Smile

Richard

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4 May 2014 - 8:54 PM

A wonderful image and wonderful creativity Smile
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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 9:46 PM

Excellent creativity, Helen, and good write up too.

Ray

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 10:30 PM

A cute one!

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
4 May 2014 - 10:34 PM

Your imagination knows no bounds Helen.
May 20th is my husband's birthday - must look out for flying ants!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2014 - 7:32 AM

Very creative.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2014 - 10:01 AM

This is so well done, Helen. Brilliant vision and execution! SmileSmile

Andrew

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pamelajean
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5 May 2014 - 11:13 AM

Imagination running riot and producing a truly fun image.

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Joline
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5 May 2014 - 12:23 PM

What a creative mind you have.....delightful!

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2014 - 10:14 PM

I've just come across this in the VS Mode scored at Wins 2 - Losses 8, which is absurd as it is a delightful image full of fun and very nicely done. I sometimes despair of this site. Sad

Eric

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