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Just another fire ant shot.

This Solenopsis invicta has one characteristic that usually means it's instantly culled - the eye missed focus here. So don't zoom into the head, ok?

However I like lighting, the pose (she's running so there's some action implied) and really like the row of hairs covering her body being nicely illuminated by backlight. It's also a nice clear shot of one characteristic important to ID'ing a fire ant - the 2 bumps before the gaster (petiole and post-petiole). Less clear but still distinguishable here is the clubbed antenna - the last 2 segments are enlarged on Solenopsis species.
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Solenopsis invicta

See all the hairs on this fire ant? They insure you pretty much can't drown this ant - it will trap air bubbles in those hairs and use it to float. As an extension to the individual effect, they multiply the effect and create a living raft to save any nest that's in danger of being drowned - something those in Houston are becoming all too familiar with.

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Another shot of Crematogaster queen and worker. Note that the worker was climbing on the queen's antenna here - not grooming it, but just kind of barreling over.
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Winging it

I'd assumed Crematogaster ants were called Acrobat Ants because they make their living climbing trees/vines, but I'm having my doubts now. Here this worker decides to check out the perch from the queen's wings.
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Crematogaster laeviuscula worker and princess

When flipping a rock, I discovered a nest of Crematogaster ants and collected some princesses (unmated future queens, alates, gynes, etc) that were being tended to and some of the workers feeding them for a photo shoot.

I expected them to continue tending them making for an easy behavioral shot, but I mostly found that they used the princess as a jungle gym - I may post a few pics if you ask nicely. This is one of the few where they seemed to be relatively civil and mostly in the same plane for focussing.
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Just liked her "expression" that I anthropomorphize here.
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And a face shot of the Pheidole worker to finish off today's shots. Taken at 3x and still [cropped way in.
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I believe this is a Nylanderia sp. alate (unmated queen).
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A very quick 2-frame composite of a tiny little Pheidole sp. worker (I think!)

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One more of the Solenopsis princess. If you zoom in, you can see that she's giving you the hairy eyeball.
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