Cephalotes varians, up close

Blog posts are long, thin things.

One could, for example, use a blog to post a high-resolution map of Chile. Or a single strand of spagetti. Any image up to 500 pixels wide, for as long as it goes. In that vein, here’s a Cephalotes varians turtle ant:


Just wait until I find a stick insect.


  1. #1 Karen
    April 29, 2010


  2. #2 Bob Kallal
    April 29, 2010

    That’s one thick myrmicine.

  3. #3 Henry Robison
    April 29, 2010

    Absolutely stunning image Alex! Wow is all I can say!

  4. #4 Adrian Thysse
    April 29, 2010

    Beautiful. The forelegs seem neatly tucked under her chin, as if she were praying. Is this how you get them to stand still?

  5. #5 Tim Eisele
    April 30, 2010

    I, for one, am eager to see that future stick insect. Or maybe a good, long caterpillar.

  6. #6 jason
    April 30, 2010

    Wow! What a fantastic image. I can see how a stick insect would really work in this format. I’m looking forward to that.

  7. #7 David Quinn
    April 30, 2010

    Great idea, Alex – and the lighting is beautiful…

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