New to nature no 109: Anochetus hohenbergiae

At any given moment, it is estimated that there are about 10,000 trillion living individual ants. Myrmecologists Bert Hölldobler and Edward O Wilson noted that their combined weight would roughly equal that of all living humans combined. Beyond numbers, ants are critically important components of terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. But their evolutionary success is no less […]

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Goodness knows

Kindergarteners swarmed around the khaki-clad naturalist, squealing with excitement, shouting out questions and jockeying for a better view.The adult volunteers on this field trip were a tougher audience. “I’m glad they’re having fun but I don’t see why anyone should care about some bug,” one 30-something mom confided to another, adding, “What good is it, […]

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Secrets

Searching a daisy’s silence, faded petals collide with secrets only a stranger knows. • Pavement ant | Tetramorium caespitum

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A Daisy’s Sorcery

Unsure of her next move, a slave to a daisy’s sorcery, lost in the underworld’s intoxicating atmosphere. Eastern black carpenter ant – Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Spanning the Gulf

An ant spans the gulf between growth and decay, a tale of adventure and romance seen through my spyglass – Pavement ant – Tetramorium caespitum

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Toy-Box Color

Tangled up in toy-box color, an ant plays hide and seek with wayward photons. • Eastern black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Surveying Her World

Surveying her world, avoiding the truth, staggering and stumbling her way through the underworld – Pavement ant – Tetramorium caespitum

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Olympian Ant

An Olympian ant caps the throne of chronos, dismantling her world and staring at the pieces. • Eastern black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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