Ectatomma is a large, conspicuous ant that prefers to hang out at eye level in the forest understory. As a consequence it is among the most commonly encountered tropical insects, and one of the most photographed. The world does not need more Ectatomma photos, but when I happened across this scene just up the trail from the Jatun Sacha station buildings I couldn’t help myself:
At the time I did not notice the water droplets in the backdrop, but in my opinion they really make this shot.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/16, 1/200 sec
Indirect strobe positioned for the double duty of backlighting the leaf and bouncing indirectly off white paper above the ants for foreground lighting