The Ants of LIFE

"In this Kleboe image, two workers are identified as recognizing each other as members of different colonies — and preparing to go on the attack. From their postures it seems more likely they are responding to the photographer!" Moffett notes. "In either case, their aggressive heroics is a reflection of the powerful ties ants have with their colonies, based on a shared chemical scent (1948)."

LIFE magazine was, in the mid-20th century, a premiere venue for photojournalism. The magazine also accumulated a fair collection of natural history photographs, and today’s online edition carries a fascinating set of old ant photos curated by Mark Moffett. A fitting choice of narrator, as Moffett is the most photojournalistic of the modern insect photographers.

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