Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Army Ant Queen

Can you image how much patience is required to photograph ants?

Neivamyrmex opacithorax — Army Ant Queen
Arizona, USA

A worker army ant (top left) carries a queen army ant in the same style as army ants carry brood and prey items, slung under the body and dragged across the substrate. Notice the difference in size among the workers, and between the workers and the queen.

Photographer: Alexander Wild, 2005.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited.



  1. #1 glenstein
    April 28, 2007

    Ants! In a conversation yesterday I had said: One thing I can’t find on the internet is ant-related media. Are there any good sources for pictures or videos of colonies at work, or anything ant-related? I ask only out of an urge to be fascinated, not with any particularly high minded question on the nature or science of ants, so sorry to disappoint in that respect.

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    April 29, 2007

    glenstein – try AntWeb. There are also some links from the Tree of Life page.

    For my sins, I know a few myrmecologists, so I knew where to check. I want to make sure nobody thinks I have actually worked on the little buggers.


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