More hanging larvae

Trawling through my archives in search of more well-hung ant larvae, I discovered this recent shot from Brazil:

hanging larvae
Crematogaster nigropilosa (Morretes, Paraná, Brazil)

As the photo has a cluttered and uninteresting composition I initially passed over it. But it shows the phenomenon clearly: intermediate age larvae adhered to the nest walls and ceiling via anchor hairs.

This is the trap we nature photographers set for ourselves. By judging images on strictly aesthetic grounds we risk burying relevant natural history.

1 thought on “More hanging larvae”

  1. Steven McDonald

    Interesting shaped rear ends on those ants.

    I wish I could get “rejects” like that! My camera can’t get that close though.

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