Views: 102 (45 Unique) 
Vote 32
Award Shortlist   

Coming out of the nest

By helenlinda
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

Tags: Digitally manipulated Digital art Fairies Silly Sunday Humour and fun Sports and action Metal strip with holes A bit of imagination or poetic license

Voters: Daisymaye, CarolG, digital_boi and 29 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

Exclusive 25% off Affinity Photo: Professional photo editing with no subscription!


Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 May 2014 2:40PM
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.

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

4 May 2014 2:43PM
brought a smile Helen no increase in ants up here

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 3:45PM
Nice work!
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
4 May 2014 3:54PM
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.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
4 May 2014 3:59PM
I'd rather have these than the ants SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 4:00PM
I wish our ants looked like this!
9 10 10 England
4 May 2014 4:39PM
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
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
4 May 2014 6:06PM
A great one.
I have a problem with Ants in my Greenhouse.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 7:25PM
Me too with the ants.....
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 7:36PM
Really well done Helen. I love it.
4 May 2014 8:11PM
Your imagination has no bounds, Helen!
We seem to have quite a few ants nest in our garden, too, by the way!!Smile

Source 7
4 May 2014 8:54PM
A wonderful image and wonderful creativity Smile
- source
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 9:46PM
Excellent creativity, Helen, and good write up too.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
4 May 2014 10:30PM
A cute one!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 May 2014 10:34PM
Your imagination knows no bounds Helen.
May 20th is my husband's birthday - must look out for flying ants!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
5 May 2014 7:32AM
Very creative.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
5 May 2014 10:01AM
This is so well done, Helen. Brilliant vision and execution! SmileSmile

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
5 May 2014 11:13AM
Imagination running riot and producing a truly fun image.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
5 May 2014 12:23PM
What a creative mind you have.....delightful!
BlueRoom Plus
12 73 20 United Kingdom
17 May 2014 10:14PM
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


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.