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#1021 Offline kalimant - Posted June 2 2024 - 12:16 PM

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What lenses do people use? I would love to start doing ant photography along with all the other photography I do but i'm not sure if my camera/lens is good enough. I have a Canon Rebel t2i and I also have a canon 275mm lens.

 

My camera is an old Nikon D3400, and for macrophotography I use a Tokina at-X PRO M 100mm F2.8 D Macro Lens - Nikon AF Mount. No autofocus for this pairing, which is fine so far since the very shallow depth of field means I have to carefully adjust it anyways. I was being cheap and got the cheaper lens.


Edited by kalimant, June 2 2024 - 12:20 PM.

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#1022 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 2 2024 - 4:47 PM

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Pheidole megacephala vs Solenopsis invicta

https://keyapa.com/p...nopsis-invicta/

Vendayn would’ve loved that. Old timers will know who I’m talking about.


I really really doubt he had P. megacephala in CA. I mean, it's easy to take a pic that clearly shows the species, or send a sample somewhere. I have a feeling it was all in his imagination.
He was an imaginative fellow, so you’re probably right.
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#1023 Offline kalimant - Posted June 3 2024 - 6:16 PM

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Pheidole megacephala soldier during a melee. I like this pic.

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#1024 Offline kalimant - Posted June 10 2024 - 12:37 PM

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Pheidole megacephala minor workers come face to face with a huge fire ant (Solenopsis invicta major).

 

The minor worker in the foreground managed to grab the fire ant antennae after this shot I think.

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#1025 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 10 2024 - 3:26 PM

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Pheidole megacephala minor workers come face to face with a huge fire ant (Solenopsis invicta major).

The minor worker in the foreground managed to grab the fire ant antennae after this shot I think.

Vendayn would love these shots.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#1026 Offline kalimant - Posted June 11 2024 - 5:59 AM

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Pheidole megacephala minor workers come face to face with a huge fire ant (Solenopsis invicta major).

The minor worker in the foreground managed to grab the fire ant antennae after this shot I think.

Vendayn would love these shots.

 

 

I took a look at his thread and he did post very bad long distance pics of the ants that are supposedly P. megacephala. Unfortunately, they're so bad it's really hard to determine, though they do kinda look like them. In the end, he screwed up by not providing solid evidence (whether clear pics or samples sent out) for all his storytelling.

Anyways, that pic above was part of the melee that happened when bait meant for the Pheidole was discovered by Solenopsis foragers.

In the end, that huge Solenopsis major was pinned down and its limbs separated by roving majors. A major tried to sever the gaster from the thorax, but was unable to...

Notice the minor pulling something from the tip of the gaster though....even though the major could not sever the petiole area, another major crushed the abdomen near the stinger and stuff spilled out (yes, ewwww).




 

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#1027 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted June 11 2024 - 6:36 AM

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Wow  pulling even from the back! These remind me of Oecophylla


Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

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Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#1028 Offline kalimant - Posted June 11 2024 - 10:08 AM

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Wow  pulling even from the back! These remind me of Oecophylla

 
You're talking about the two-ant "daisy chain" in the front?


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#1029 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted June 11 2024 - 12:54 PM

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No, the minor pulling the stinger


Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

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Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#1030 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted Yesterday, 6:56 PM

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My newly eclosed C.us-Ca02 nanitic

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Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#1031 Online AsdinAnts - Posted Today, 9:46 AM

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it looks edible.. 👀
Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-M. invidia
-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
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