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#201 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 29 2018 - 12:27 AM

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I left a small slice of cricket at their doorstep, and yeap they dragged it in - so we're on roll! :yahoo:
Cricket bit is a hit :)

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Look at that bloated gaster on the worker at the back, first time I've seen that. Probably the one eating the roach a few days ago :)

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#202 Offline Andres_Verver - Posted July 31 2018 - 6:12 PM

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Pogonomyrex

 

 

Pogonomyrmex <3


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#203 Offline Major - Posted August 10 2018 - 1:40 PM

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Finally! I can contribute to this thread without clogging it up with my out of focus grainy pics. I'm not saying this pic is very good, it's just better then all my other attempts. Feedback?

Myrmica queen sitting on cotton

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#204 Offline CoolColJ - Posted August 12 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Looks ok, slightly out of focus though
Current ant colonies -
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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#205 Offline CoolColJ - Posted August 12 2018 - 7:33 PM

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I captured what looks like a Polyrhachis femorata worker stumbling out of Iridomyrmex nest in my backyard!

he poly ant - looks like a femorata, but different from my current colony, all brown legs, instead of upper red.
She curled up into a ball and froze, feigned dead, while her limbs shivered :)

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#206 Offline Spamdy - Posted August 13 2018 - 6:49 AM

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 Found a Camponotus cf. discolor worker sitting on a tree. Had to climb the tree for this shot . :)

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All my colonies are dead. 

 

 Except:

  

  Pogonomyrmex barbatus

  Pheidole obscurithorax

  Pheidole morens


#207 Offline CoolColJ - Posted August 17 2018 - 9:10 PM

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Leptomyrmex, spider ant B)
1cm with long legs

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#208 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 6 2018 - 11:38 PM

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I captured a interesting looking ant (turns out to be a Dolichoderus clarki ) today. It was just walking along the bush trail, while a P.ammon was also carrying her sister a few inches away :)
It has large gold heart shapped gaster like a Crematogaster, with metallic Rhytidoponera colours in the upper body!

I don't think it's a queen, but it does have a domed thorax...
About 9mm in length

currently enjoying some raw honey for the last 15mins :)

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#209 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 6 2018 - 11:41 PM

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Got a gorgeous and chunky Iridomyrmex purpureus queen.


Album of pics - lots https://imgur.com/a/QDBGOPe

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#210 Offline Major - Posted September 14 2018 - 5:39 PM

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Nylanderia Flavipes queen chilling



How is it? It’s still one of my first 75 pics. I’m pretty new to my camera. I think I got lighting down, working on my manual abilities and experimenting with settings. This was shot in auto though haha.
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#211 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted September 14 2018 - 7:50 PM

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Your majesty:

 

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#212 Offline DaveJay - Posted September 14 2018 - 9:31 PM

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Your majesty:

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Which species is this?

#213 Offline DaveJay - Posted September 14 2018 - 9:34 PM

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How is it? It’s still one of my first 75 pics. I’m pretty new to my camera. I think I got lighting down, working on my manual abilities and experimenting with settings. This was shot in auto though haha.

Looks good to me! For my camera I'd have 37 pictures with the tube in focus, 37 with various pieces of gravel in focus and two usable pictures of the ant!

#214 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 15 2018 - 12:45 AM

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Nylanderia Flavipes queen chilling


How is it? It’s still one of my first 75 pics. I’m pretty new to my camera. I think I got lighting down, working on my manual abilities and experimenting with settings. This was shot in auto though haha.

 

 

need a faster shutter speed as it looks blurred from hand shake :)


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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#215 Offline DaveJay - Posted September 15 2018 - 2:28 AM

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Nylanderia Flavipes queen chilling


How is it? It’s still one of my first 75 pics. I’m pretty new to my camera. I think I got lighting down, working on my manual abilities and experimenting with settings. This was shot in auto though haha.

 

 

need a faster shutter speed as it looks blurred from hand shake :)

 

On the phone it looked good but bigger and it does look like hand shake blurring. 


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#216 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 15 2018 - 2:55 AM

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Pics of the Rhytidoponera queen I found today, 8-9mm

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#217 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 16 2018 - 4:26 PM

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Polyrhachis hookeri worker from a nest near me
Here is one worker that had a blue head (to the naked eye) green body and gold gaster.
Some others were all green, and others all blue! %)

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#218 Offline Major - Posted September 16 2018 - 5:47 PM

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I nominate CCJ to be the new Alex Wild! :)
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#219 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 17 2018 - 12:02 AM

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Not sure how she managed it but my Pheidole Cf antipodum queen managed to put an egg between the top of her head and thorax %) :lol:

 

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Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#220 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 17 2018 - 1:06 AM

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Melophorus species 2, queen and minor workers

 

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