Ant At Work

iPhoneOgraphy – 24 Feb 2016 (Day 55/366)

Ants are eusocial 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 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. 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 described as super organisms 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 a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments 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. Their ability to exploit resources may bring ants into conflict with humans, however, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), are regarded as invasive species, establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.

Shot & Edited using iPhone 6+  

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Posted on February 24, 2016, in iPhoneOgraphy 366, Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Love this photo! And I love being a witness to something often looked over.

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  2. I love ants. Nice post.
    A year ago I had the pleasure of seeing a lecture by the entomologist Mark Moffett on ants at the Linnaean Society of NY. He came in,, threw himself on the stage floor, and said, “This is how I spent most of my childhood – looking at ants”. This link has a couple of his videos you might enjoy. He is very amusing.

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  3. I have heard about the use of ant heads in surgery by sushruta , wonderful picture and post.

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  4. Amazing shot! I still never cease to be amazed at what that iPhone can do. 🙂

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  5. I find ants fascinating. Such a good example of team work. Very interesting post 🙂

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  6. Amazing capture. I too watch ants sometimes and admire their skills.

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  7. A very interesting posts on the ants! We can learn a lot from them in terms of team spirit and cooperation at the work place.

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  8. Yes, ants are interesting creatures.

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