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Welcome to my Collection about Ants!
 
If you found this collection because it's featured (or otherwise): thank you so much for checking it out, I hope you'll enjoy it!
 
As a brief introduction in this pinned post, let me just take the time to say that I'm a simple amateur photographer; I started out with borrowed equipment and have steadily improved my gear to get to my current setup. Practice, of course, is the most important aspect, as well as interaction with everyone else. I love to talk about my shots!
That said, I think it is only fair to expect others to treat photographers with respect - a lot of effort went into making these pictures... Therefore, if you feel like sharing this work with others: please use the reshare function and do not download and re-post.

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Heavy load
 
This seems like quite  a big block of stuff to carry for this small Tapinoma ant.
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Hey guys, a quick time lapse experiment I uploaded to YouTube.
More to come, hopefully!

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Sharing is caring
 
Only when I was processing this shot did I see what is going on. It appears that one of these ants is sharing a nice droplet with her sisters. Cute!
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Hey all,

+Tim Mohlmann and I gave two talks about ants and those are on YouTube now!
I highly recommend watching Tim's talk about Ant Diversity first, as I'll refer to that several times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Z7qLLU4C8


My talk about ant brains is down here: ↓

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Moving house
 
A huge invasive Tapinoma colony spans about 120 meter of sidewalk where I cycle every day. Although their invasive aspect worries me a bit, I can't deny that the ant lover in me is fascinated and impressed by these small ants.
 
When I observed them last year, I often noticed them dragging their brood around. They were probably finding the best incubation places. 
Here, one worker is carrying around her sisters pupa around (it appears Tapinoma (can) have 'naked' pupae).
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Early birds

Hey Dutchies, I said some words about ants!


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Full
 
These tiny Uruguayan ants are running back and forth, there must be some nice goodies on the right side!
 
 Edit: forgot to mention that these are probably Brachymyrmex sp. Thanks gain for the ID, Seth
 
(Picture is a reprocessed shot I shared earlier)
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One of my fave Crematogaster shots from Spain.
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Hard at work
 
A little over one week to go to our public lecture on ants (http://www.wur.nl/en/activity/The-amazing-world-of-ants-WURtalks.htm), and it's time to do some heavy lifting to get a great story together for all of those coming.
 
If you're in the Netherlands and want to attend, make sure you register (for free) and bring your ticket; the room is getting more full every day!
 
Here's an Acromyrmex leaf cutter I shot on a sidewalk in Montevideo, Uruguay, also doing some heavy lifting. The kids in the park across the road must have really laughed at that weird foreign dude with his camera to the ground and his behind in the air!
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