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Ants in the New York Times


Temnothorax marked for studies of individual behavior at the University of Arizona

Today’s New York Times is carrying a profile of myrmecologist Anna Dornhaus. It is nice to see Anna’s work receiving such attention, great and important, blah blah blah, but the really important part is this. The editors had the excellent taste to illustrate their piece with some ant and bee photographs of mine.

The online edition also hosts an ant slide show to accompany the story. The Times trimmed the 22 photos I suggested down to an efficient 15, but I’ve preserved the director’s cut here. For reasons unknown they decided against the queen ant shots. And against the amazing gliding Cephalotes.

All the same, I’m happy. This is my photographic debut in the print version of the Times, and they’ve done good work with it.


  1. #1 Anon
    April 28, 2009

    Ha! I thought I recognized your work!

    Congrats, and good on them!

  2. #2 Adrian Thysse, FCD
    April 28, 2009

    Congratulations! You have to admire a newspaper that runs articles and slide shows like this.

  3. #3 Adrian Thysse, FCD
    April 28, 2009

    I just looked at the directors cut. Great stuff.

    I don’t see any suspension wires…
    So just how did you manage a photograph of a falling,gliding ant?

  4. #4 Anon
    April 28, 2009

    Don’t forget to update your profile: “such venues as Ranger Rick…. and a small-town newspaper, The New York Times”

  5. #5 Jason
    April 28, 2009

    Congratulations! Amazing shots.

  6. #6 Marcus
    April 28, 2009

    Great photos. Hate to think how long in took for them to paint ants.

  7. #7 Willy
    April 29, 2009

    Surely you’ve seen this:
    Dr. Gordon uses markers on ‘her’ ants too.

  8. #8 Janet
    April 30, 2009

    Congratulations and keep up the great work! Don’t forget to add “shown in numerous educational presentations given nationally to pest control operators” to your list of kudos! Thank you for being so generous, Janet

  9. #9 Daniel Stolte
    April 30, 2009

    Great shots! I still have to figure out how to get my own photography into NY Times, but from reading the intro, I learned that apparently the “blowing up my ego enough” part needs some more work in my case… 😉

  10. #10 metin2
    May 16, 2010

    I learned that apparently the “blowing up my ego enough” part needs some more work in my case… ;-)thanks…

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