With the inferno summer sweltering on here in Illinois, the last of the Brood XIX 13-year periodical cicadas have dropped. We won’t be hearing them again until 2024, but their biomass is already filtering back through the forest ecosystem. I recently caught Camponotus chromaiodes in the act of scavenging the carcasses.
(top)Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens on a Canon EOS 50D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, diffuse twin flash
(bottom)Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D
ISO 100, f/14, 1/200 sec, diffuse overhead flash