Insects that die in the forest don’t just sit there. Typically, an ant discovers the carcass and either hauls it back to her nest herself or, in the case of larger items, recruits some sisters to carry it back together. Ants are so efficient at corpse clean-up that most are removed in less than ten minutes. Once inside the nest, the remains are fed to hungry larvae.
I took this photo of a thread-waisted ant carrying a dead moth this morning in Urbana’s Crystal Lake Park.
Canon EOS 7d camera
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec
diffused twin flash arranged for fill + backlight