A simple twig ant, Pseudomyrmex simplex

Pseudomyrmex simplex (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Among the more common twig ants across the Neotropics is the pleasingly orange Pseudomyrmex simplex. I somehow managed to avoid photographing it until our recent Brazilian adventure, however. Here are a couple shots of workers carrying larvae to safety after I split open a small twig containing a satellite nest.

As these ants are shiny, photographs of them are prone to glare if the light is not sufficiently soft. Here, I spent extra time arranging my mylar diffuser to get the lighting right.

Pseudomyrmex simplex (Minas Gerais, Brazil)

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/200 sec
diffuse twin flash

3 thoughts on “A simple twig ant, Pseudomyrmex simplex”

  1. Excellent pictures! You had mentioned before that you kept about 3% of the pictures you took while in Brazil. Did this subject require almost 70 pictures, or was this an “easier” shoot because she was concerned about the safety of the larvae?

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