Red big ants (in Macedonia known as Turkish Ants), found near Prilep, Macedonia.
The ants made 50-60cm oval, the oval moved to somewhere.
It seemed all worker.
I hadn't seen this strange group.
Bit smaller than Formica japonica.
Ants has triangular hip.
Polyergus samurai? But it must be bigger than Formica japonica..
With white legs, white antennae, and seemingly with white hairs on the abdomen.
On Lastreopsis velutina.
Slightly over 20 mm long
The tricky part, when shooting insect pairs like these Carpenter Ants, is getting both of their leading eyes in focus.
Tech Specs: Canon 70D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (3x) + a diffused MT-24EX. This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
Technique: I put some 2:1 sugar syrup around the edge of an upside down plastic plate in an area where there were a lot of foraging Carpenter Ants.
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender...