The Ant. Just a Indian ant.
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.
Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. These larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies are sometimes described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.
Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and certain remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems, and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.
Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study.
Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. However, their ability to exploit resources brings ants into conflict with humans, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant, are regarded as invasive species, since they have established themselves in new areas where they have been accidentally introduced.
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francio64 (38188) 2010-06-03 3:39
spettacolare questa macro.
La formica sembra un mostro gigante.
E' talmente ben realizzata che si vedono persino gli occhi, sebbene nelle formiche non servono a vedere.
jhm (122334) 2010-06-03 3:57
Splendid macro picture of these ant.
In a lovely pose with the eye to the camera..
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent captured, good composed. TFS.
siamesa (27449) 2010-06-03 14:15
Boa noite Serghei
Fantastic macro. Colors and sharpness are perfects.
In my kitchen they made me crazy, ha,ha,ha.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-06-03 15:17
a splendid macro photo with fantastic details, the composition is very attractive, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
siolaw (37568) 2010-06-04 0:53
Nice close of this red ant, this type lives in trees and make big nests with the leaves... they dont hurt when they bite you! I like the matching colour tones and the diagonal with blurred background.
Urs (11738) 2010-06-06 4:28
Wow, what a great macro, congrats Serghei, I love this shot. When I see this sharpness and modular color hues I really start stinking of buying a macro lens ... You make me spend money! Thanks for your critique of my hot air balloon shot.
denisn72 (8300) 2010-06-17 8:03
Impressive macro! The details are stunning. I can appreciate how great is an ant. Very interesting note about the subject. Good job and thanks for sharing and make me learn something new!
- Copyright: Serghei Pakhomoff (serp2000) (29144)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-07
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): francio64 (Macro) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-06-03 3:01