A perk of being in Urbana is the accessibility of Andy Suarez’s University of Illinois ant lab. Yesterday, I borrowed a few of grad student Fred Larabee’s trap-jaw ants for a studio shoot. I was mostly aiming for stylized portraits like that above, but I couldn’t pass up capturing the ants with their trademark mandibles open and closed:
These and other new images are now posted in my galleries.
What’s the deal with trap-jaw ants? Have a look: