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spotty and furry

By CarolG  
Saw this single ant-like critter in the pool yesterday, sheltering from the wind. I requested him to crawl onto a leaf for some images, but unfortunately I had picked the wrong leaf, which was very smooth, and he couldn't get a proper grip Smile. However we eventually managed to finish the photo shoot, and I hope from these images someone can give me an ID for him.
NB: The nearest I can find to him is the velvet ant, or cow ant, but the spots are red, and not white as on this critter.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Humour Wildlife and nature Humour and fun

Voters: JimV, Hermanus, Andysnapper and 82 more

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JimV 15 6 3 Canada
16 Jan 2013 6:22AM
Have never before seen a hairy ant, don't know that I want to either Smile All three of these shots are just superb and I'm glad to give my UA, which indeed, I feel I could, and should, with all your uploads, the quality being so continuously first class!
Rgds., Jim
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
16 Jan 2013 6:22AM
These are three excellent images Carol - I prefer V2 to walk away with the title of Miss Spotty & Furry 2013 Smile
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
16 Jan 2013 6:36AM
It looks like an ant who's dressed up for a night on the town. I've never seen anything like it before, maybe you've discovered a new species, we shall name Antus Carolius...GrinGrin

16 Jan 2013 6:59AM
Wow! Didn't realise bugs/insects could look so good.
Stunning set of images Carol. Don't think I could photograph anything so small.
Fabulous Grin
marktc Plus
11 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:18AM
3 terrific images Carol, I too have never seen such a thing... Fabulous!
SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:23AM
What an interesting critter and so pretty. Smile
andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:30AM
fantastic detail carol wonderful colours and textures v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:35AM
V1 in particular is very well composed, the antennae exploring the frame.
I'm imagining it flipped upside down, I think that could work to.
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:37AM
Three magic shots today Carol brilliant detail well done.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 7:42AM
The detail you and that wee Lumix capture is quite excellent, Carol: very fine macro examinations of this wee rescuee.
fentiger 20 920 24 England
16 Jan 2013 7:48AM
Very fine macro work yet again ~ I do like his "fur coat".

Stace 13 2 2 England
16 Jan 2013 7:49AM
great shots Carol

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
16 Jan 2013 7:51AM

Quote:V1 in particular is very well composed, the antennae exploring the frame.
I'm imagining it flipped upside down, I think that could work to.

V.4 added, for Moira Smile
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:51AM
words fail me ...
please accept my humble award
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:53AM
V4 - Life suddenly becomes an uphill struggle...
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
16 Jan 2013 8:04AM
Fantastic little critter... Chris just ID'd it.
It's a retired Greek politician incognito ! He has seen him on aljazeera.
Tibetan 9 3 England
16 Jan 2013 8:20AM
Flaming Nora!, freezing fog here Carol, and you have an ant wearing a fur coat, is there nothing you will stop at to win lol. looks like another award coming your way dam it, well done done! three great macro shots, got to hand it to you, you are the Girl!, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueWink
NaturesHaven 10 283 6 England
16 Jan 2013 8:26AM
Never seen anything like this little bug.............what an interesting specimen................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
16 Jan 2013 8:31AM
Amazing detail, Carol. v4 is excellent. Has to be a velvet ant (there are 6,000 species of them alone!!).

16 Jan 2013 8:44AM
Excellent captures Carol, great detail,
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:50AM
What a fascinating beast, and beautifully captured too.
achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
16 Jan 2013 9:10AM
Sorry but cannot help with ID Carol but know these are stunning images, congratulations on all the awards! Have another.


saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
16 Jan 2013 9:23AM
What amazing and wonderful captures,Carol,very well done,
16 Jan 2013 9:28AM
Awesome details Carol. Through your photos I am going to be its fan (insects/bugs)

rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
16 Jan 2013 9:38AM
Close up and personal Carol !!
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
16 Jan 2013 9:50AM
Incredible set, well deserving all the awards
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 10:09AM
fine work Carol excellent detail of the hairy little fellow all awards richly deserved

pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 10:28AM
my goodness this is some great set Caro,l the detail exquisite has to be a winner
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
16 Jan 2013 10:55AM
Fantastic detail in this set Carol.
Meheecho 8 275 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 11:52AM
Incredibly detailed collection again Carol V! V3 for me
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 12:04PM
Never seen anything like it and strongly suspect I don't want too!! Wonderful macro images once again. Congrats on that series of awards too.

TonyDy Plus
12 55 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 12:09PM
Great shots, Carol but haven't a clue what it is!
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 12:27PM
Simply quite amazing Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
16 Jan 2013 1:06PM
All excellent Carol. Well deserved awards.......Sandy
accipiter 12 61 England
16 Jan 2013 1:17PM
Excellent shots of a interesting 'ant' - not sure of it's exact taxonomy but feel sure it must be a velvet ant. A
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 1:42PM
Very unusual ant and in great detail too!
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
16 Jan 2013 2:04PM
Awww...WHAT a pretty and sweet ant SmileSmile

And you've really excelled yourself here, Carol. These are incredible close-ups!!

Congrats on the well-deserved awards Smile


PS Love the write-up Grin
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
16 Jan 2013 3:59PM
And yet another creature we've never seen before! I've certainly not seen a hairy ant! Wink What an amazing set, and your hairy friend gets my UA, Carol! Smile
Trev Smile
Growmore 12 4 3 England
16 Jan 2013 5:13PM
Ant got a clue Carol but there well good macros.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 5:34PM
fascinating critter superbly captured
Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 5:40PM
Furry Ants ??? there's a novelty !!!.......cracking shots !!
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
16 Jan 2013 6:29PM
Superb set of images Carol, excellent clarity, well captured................

tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 6:45PM
Haven't a clue Carol, as to the ID, but what an amazing set of macro imagesWink

Dull and partly foggy here today - never rose above -3C at workSad

Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:03PM
Fantastic Macros Carol taken as you said without tripod
or fancy set ups.
milky 18 5 Wales
16 Jan 2013 7:32PM
Beauitful work Carol and with out the TripodWink---------Milky
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:51PM
Everyone a gem Carol, congrats on your awards.SmileSmile
Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 8:22PM
Its a Yorkshire Terrier CarolWinkWink............................ What a beautiful little creatureGrinGrinGrinGrin Cracking images!!!
RuthyJ 15 England
16 Jan 2013 8:29PM
Hairy little critter. Stunning set of shots Carol.
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 9:25PM
These shots have amazing detail. Brilliant macro work.
gingerdelight 15 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 9:43PM
Such superb detail as always Carol!
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
16 Jan 2013 11:10PM
Excellent macro shots. Interesting little critter.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2013 11:52AM
Love V3 AMAZING shots. IB
TerryMcK 12 72 2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 5:40PM
Professional standard macro photography, Carol.

18 Jan 2013 5:41PM
Simply cracking. All are equally good..
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
19 Jan 2013 4:45PM
A stupendous set Carol, tremendous detail in all
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 11:18PM
This is an absolutely amazing set of images Carol. What great detail and fantastic colours. Your camera is also doing a terrific job on these close ups - or is it your skills??? Smile
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
22 Jan 2013 4:34PM
Lovely composition and great detail.

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