Flying Green Ant

Reversed lens macro, taken in the Botanic Gardens, mangrove walk.

View all photos taken: Monday, 27th August 2007, This photo: 1:26pm

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  • gayheb said:
    I love this one too. Great colours and texture.
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite a pretty shiny greeny/blue these ants. Not the easiest to shoot though.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    When I was a kid I remember there'd be a couple of days in the year when all the flying ants hatched, seemingly all at once. It was like an ant plague occured!
  • photo by Alison said:
    That is incredible.... How did he stay still long enough for you to focus etc? Great shot.... love the contrast in shiny and smooth and dry, cracked mossy log. Great job, David!
  • David de Groot said:
    We occasionally get that at home Tim. Not these ones though, the ones we get are black and not quite as large. At those times it's good to turn all the outside lights one (after dark) so they're attracted to those instead of wiggling through the fly screens and infesting the inside of the house!

    @Alison - I chased him along the railing until he stood still for half a second, then banged my head on the sign I'd managed to chase him under when I went to stand up - d'oh!
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    I like the story ... I tried shooting some ants with a reversed lens and I think only one out of twenty actually had anything resembling an ant; the rest were all shots of a blank wall ! Maybe I should invest in a reversing adapter instead of using my left hand to keep the lens and camera together!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, the adapter has made it a LOT easier to do this. Holding by hand is doable on still objects, but moving ones it's pretty much impossible.