Costa Rican leafcutter Ant

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Costa Rican leafcutter Ant

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One of my favorite insects to look for when I visit Costa Rica and they are not just out in the rain forest. I found this rather large specimen in the town of Grecia`s central park area. Every town in Costa Rica has a central park area..tall old trees, lots of tropical flowers, usually a very old Catholic Church. This is a stack of 40 images with HF. The head is just over 2mm wide at the top.

F/4.5
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Canon 400D, Canon 100mm macro, set of extension tubes, reversed 50mm.
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Very nice Doug... Fabulous creature, and the stack worked very well!

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Exccellent, but for that missing tip of the right antenna :(

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Oh my goodness, what a shot! Jurassic Park has nothing on these guys!
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One of the most interesting ant species. Good picture.
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I was gonna post an ant photo before I saw this... curse you!! :P

It looks like one of those mutated monsters in some sci-fi film doesn't it?

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Post by lauriek »

NikonUser wrote:...but for that missing tip of the right antenna
I agree, I nearly mentioned that on my first post, but I've done this too many times myself to complain about someone else doing it! :)

Personally with a limited range of lenses I sometimes find the subject just falls inbetween lenses (in terms of required magnification). Given the choice between a lower mag shot with the bugs head in the middle and whitespace around or a nice tight crop like this I'd always pick the latter!

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Thank you all for the great comments. I was very happy with the way this one came out and it may have helped me get out of my photographic slump I have been in lately. Maybe it is the fact that they farm fungus that makes them look so strange :shock:
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Sorry about my earlier comment; it really is a nice photo.

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:lol: :smt023 No Problem everyone. :D
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