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Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Randy, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Crawling around on the floor of a Costa Rican forest, keeping an eye out for snakes, and yes I am 66 years old, and we were photographing ants ! And it was hot as you know what. So hot my socks were soaked, my eyes were stinging and my glasses were fogged. And this may have been my favorite shoot on the trip:) 

    The leafcutter ants carry the leaf pieces back to their underground nests where the leaves are chewed into a pulp. The decaying pulp is stored with ant feces and fungus spores, and strands of fungus eventually grow on the decomposing pulp. This fungus is the crop that these ants eat; the ants do not eat the leaves.

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  2. Nice captures in the heat and humidity, Randy. I have seen these little creatures in Costa Rica and they are very industrious and often have well worn pathways in the forests.
  3. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Extraordinary shot, Randy! I tried shooting them and failed miserably! Well done!

    Justin did a very nice video on them....HERE. Give it time to load....but it is under 5 minutes long.
  4. It was worth the effort, I like it a lot.
  5. Wow to both you and the ants!
  6. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Wonderful picture Randy.
    It was worth the trouble.

    Thank you for sharing
  7. Awesome capture(y).
  8. awesome capture!!!!

    alexis and Georgie Beagle

    "Snakes???? i'll stay home on the couch" - Georgie Beagle
  9. Nicely done Randy, and interesting back story. Did you shoot this with the Sigma 150?
  10. thanks, I did, what a great old lens
    thanks alexis
    thanks Klaus
    Thanks Bob
    thanks Karen, my keeper rate was very low
    thanks Jack, they were everywhere we went
  11. Great shot with them carrying that leaf. I like the description of what they do with it, I never knew that - it's fascinating.
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