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Giant Among Us

By MarkyMarc
This ant dwarfs the little black bugs. I'm not sure what they are but the ant would walk up to one and squeeze it which would release a drop of clear fluid from the small black bug. The ant was drinking all the fluid, it was quite strange.

Tags: Macro Close-up and macro Ant Wildlife and nature

Voters: iajacks, Coleslaw, LongDucDong and 18 more

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iajacks 16 24 England
25 May 2007 2:47PM
top macro work, they are very fast and hard to get a go clear shot of as this show is.

well sone ian
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
25 May 2007 3:09PM
that is rather good.
25 May 2007 3:13PM
Great macro!!!
franm 16 11 Wales
25 May 2007 4:05PM
Good work - not an easy subject
EDan 14 18 United Kingdom
25 May 2007 4:16PM
Nice shot! Dan.
webjam 17 292 11 Netherlands
25 May 2007 4:22PM
Great shot - so clear!
mattberry 17 259 14 Greece
25 May 2007 4:50PM
They look like blackfly, and the ants kind of farm them, "milking" them of the honeydew that they produce, which, as the blackfly feed on the plants sap, is left over as a surplus sugary solution.

Nice macro btw.

MarkyMarc 17 498 Canada
25 May 2007 4:55PM
Thanks for the comments guys. And thanks for the explanation Matt. It certainly seemed like some sort of water based solution. It was quite an interesting process to watch.
jamescoates 15 44 United Kingdom
25 May 2007 5:05PM
Fantastic macro work, great detail and focus, envious of this one!
chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
25 May 2007 5:59PM
Good close up Marc,the Blackfly look easy prey for the Ant.
Paintman Plus
15 1.5k 180 United Kingdom
25 May 2007 6:58PM
Quality macro work. Really excellent.
macdaniel 16 16 3 Netherlands
25 May 2007 10:37PM
marc, nice one and very detailed too; i've made a similar one and if you look at my image you can read Pamelajean's comment in which she explains the phenomenon, alfred
25 May 2007 11:23PM
fantastic macro excellent light and detail

Nikki Smile
tepot 17 4.4k United Kingdom
4 Jul 2007 11:45PM
amazing macro, lots of detail and nice amount of dof for this setup.

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