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I’ve got a new series of Dinoponera photographs up at myrmecos.net. Click on the image above to see the gallery.
These giant black insects are the largest South American ants, and although there is at least one Asian Carpenter ant (Camponotus gigas) that’s a bit bigger, Dinoponera weighs in as the world’s largest stinging ant. They would seem to command a great deal of respect for such distinction, but in reality Dinoponera are rather shy animals.
Because these ants are so large- reaching over an inch long- they open up an array of photographic possibilities that can’t easily be done with ants of more typical size. I had all sorts of fun experimenting with different lens configurations. Below is a sampling of images from the session.