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30 January 2006 @ 10:37 pm
A break from the usual stuff...  
My macro lens is almost a year old and I've hardly used it. That made me feel a bit bad, and since I had some time today, I decided to use that lens for a bit...

These are the common Red Weaver Ants. Thanks to kaadupapa for the ID! :)

They sure look scary upclose. And this one almost bit me... :)

Ants with their grub. It's prey is another species of ant - the smaller black colored one.

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Harshakaadupapa on January 30th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
what a shot!!!!!! these are Red weaver ants , they bite like crazy!
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Harshakaadupapa on January 31st, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: WOW!
yes! by mistake you climb the tree or go onto the bush where these guys have the nest , slight disturbance you are gone ! whole army will be on you. they also known to spary chemical on their enemies!
Suraj Kumarsunson on January 31st, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!
and there are some enemies of some ants who use chemicals too! Chemical Warfare, huh!
thejutheju on January 30th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome photos as usual.
kejnkejn on January 30th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
ha ha, that top ant looks like he's saying "get out of my face, idiot!" :-)

what surface are the ants in the second picture walking on?
Yathinyathin on January 30th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
> get out of my face, idiot!

It might have said, "Want to know what a bite feels like?" ;)

> what surface are the ants in the second picture walking on?

Some rock. Which rock, I'm not too sure. :D
Jayseakaredpirk on January 30th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
awesome! ha, and the first 3 people to comment all had user icons with eyes.
goofy_duck2004: Elsagoofy_duck2004 on January 30th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
The first one is an amazing shot. It's scary. Almost feels like it is ready to fight.
Bhavanabhavanar on January 30th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
First snap is so cool!
zhenzhizhenzhi on January 31st, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
excellent! i love macro :-)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on January 31st, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Bring that lens out more often man;-) Loved it.
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on January 31st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
First one is too good... Lens Spec please !!!
Yathinyathin on January 31st, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
> Lens Spec please !!!

The one and only Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro! ;)
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Yathinyathin on January 31st, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, they can get real serious with their challenges! ;)
Chandrahasa Reddy Nchandrahasa on January 31st, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Amazing as usual :). The focus on the first one is simply superb
Amoghavarshaamoghavarsha on January 31st, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Awesome! And btw you should clean your lens face. (see pic1)
Prasanna Vprasannav on January 31st, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Man !!! These snaps ! Ufff.Give me the creeps !!!
Preethifiveonehalf on January 31st, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Great snaps as usual.
Can't believe the red ant is so huge compared to the black one.
Yathinyathin on January 31st, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
> Can't believe the red ant is so huge compared to the black one.

The red colored ant is not the common tiny ones we see, but a bigger variety.
Preethifiveonehalf on January 31st, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, guessed as much. If it weren't for the second snap, where we can get an idea of relative size we wouldn't know how big it really is.
depontideponti on February 1st, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
wonderful pictures!
got to your LJ through kalyan...I guess both of you are expert "anties"! Keep it up with the macro lens....
Yathinyathin on February 7th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: wonderful pictures!
He's the master of the ant world... I usually stick to our feathered friends. :)
Rajaram Srajarams on February 6th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
to macro or not to ...
hi ..i've been a silent spectator at ur blog for a long time now ..ur latest ant pic is amazing (particularly, the first one) ..i have a d70 with an extra 70-300 lens ..
I have tried to take pics of bugs in the past ..with mixed results ..if i use the regular 18-70 or 70-300, even the cropped pics don't give enuf details ..
is it a must to go for a macro lens ..or am i doing something wrong with the regular lenses ...
thx in advance ..I am a newbie in macro matters :-)
Yathinyathin on February 6th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Re: to macro or not to ...
You'll need a good macro lens for good details - especially for tiny subjects like ants.