Stay in Shape with Ant Science

California Academy of Sciences entomologist Brian Fisher digs deep into rainforest soil to look for rare ants. Kibale Forest, Uganda, during the August 2012 Ant Course.

Myrmecology is not all sedentary microscope work and beer-drinking. Sometimes field work can be strenuous. Here, ant guy Brian Fisher digs a trench to look for soil-dwelling ants. This particular excavation did not produce any surprises, but I did net a lovely Pristomyrmex.

Pristomyrmex africanus

photo details:
(top)Canon 17-40mm f4L wide-angle zoom lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 1600, f/4.5, 1/60th sec
off-camera fill flash

(bottom)Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/200th sec
diffuse twin flash

4 thoughts on “Stay in Shape with Ant Science”

  1. Brian is a particularly vigorous ant excavator, eh?

    When I hung out with some myrmecologists in Spain a few years ago, they were telling me about carrying large pry bars with them into the field to move boulders, the only place in which they were able to find colonies of the several Leptanilla species that occur there. Males do show up in blue bowls and plastic kiddie swimming pools, though.

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