A textbook image: ant castes

Camponotus discolor male, queen, and worker
Camponotus discolor male, queen, and worker

Here’s an image I should have taken years ago.  It’s a stylized shot of the different castes in an ant colony, perfect for a textbook illustration of the morphological distinctions among males, gynes, and workers.  Better late than never, I suppose.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, 1/250 sec, f/13, flash diffused through tracing paper

8 thoughts on “A textbook image: ant castes”

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  2. Alex,
    Lovely shot.
    Challenge – build up library of these for many species!?!?!
    It is a text book photo, and so we must use it. 🙂

  3. Great photo.
    Do you have some photo with your instalation of the tracing paper ?
    I’m really impressed by the quality you obtain whith f/13 !
    Sorry for my english… so french…

  4. Kirsti-

    All I need are more full colonies of hibernating ants. These ones were docile and cooperative. I can’t imagine trying this on a bunch of Iridomyrmex…


    Wow. I just visited your site. You have some really amazing photos. Wow.

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