Parasol ants

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®mene on February 14, 2008

mmm - most of them seems to walk out of the dungeon??? Do they have a long way to get their work? :))

smile.... mene

Marilyn Whiteley on February 14, 2008

Yes, mene, they have a very long way to get to their work! I noticed their little parade at least 30 meters away from the hole. I followed it ... and followed it ... and followed it ... and finally saw where they were coming and going!

:D Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on February 16, 2008

Yes, Paul, I think "leaf-cutter ants" is a more proper name. And I do love "inspectorants" but that's asking a lot in terms of English familiarity!

Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2009

Thanks for bringing me across to this image, Marilyn. When talking to Amelia I was aware that somewhere I had seen a photo of leaf-cutter ants, but I couldn't remember where. It was this one of yours. So it is great to see it again, and it is an excellent image revealing their work gangs.

I like Paul's play with words, for after all inspectorants determine which leaf pieces are spat out, so to speak. But is there a third colony of ants that picks up where the others left off? The symbiosis of having leaf-cutter ants to do the cutting and transporting while you remove their waste for your use, recycling it for them could be a good thing.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 9, 2009

Thank you for your visit, Ian. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing this.


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  • Uploaded on February 13, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION u10D,S300D,u300D
    • Taken on 2004/04/30 10:30:14
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 10.69mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash