Photo Synthesis

Archives for April, 2009

Photo Synthesis: Call for Bloggers

As you may know, Photo Synthesis is a rotating blog, featuring the work of a different photoblogger each month. The powers that be here at ScienceBlogs tell me they are still considering candidates for the coming month and for following months. So. If you have a favorite science photographer who blogs, or blogger who photographs,…

Protecting big sister

A Brazilian leafcutter ant (Atta sexdens) harvests a leaf while her little sister stands guard against an intrusive photographer. (Incidentally, image searches for this genus return an unnerving mix of terrorists and ants.) Photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D. ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through…

Photoshop disasters

This clumsy photoshop job over at Pharyngula puts me in mind of one of my favorite blogs, Photoshop Disasters. Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the hours of time you will waste over there.

Working with Light

Compare these two images, both of the same swarm of mating ants: What’s the difference?

…these would be the beetles of choice. Onthophagus taurus dung beetles, showing size and horn variation among males. Dung beetles in the widespread genus Onthophagus sport a bewildering array of horns. Not only do the horns of different species vary in shape, size, and the body part from which they grow, many species show a…

Bark Lice.

A herd of bark lice (Psocoptera: Cerastipsocus sp.) grazes lichen across a tree trunk near C√≥rdoba, Argentina. Here’s what one of the adorable little beasties looks like up close:

An Amblyopone oregonensis huntress delivers a paralyzing dose of venom to a centipede. This lets the ant larvae consume it alive later, at their leisure. Ow. Ow, Ow. Yes, that is the stinger you see, sunk deep into the head.

On Assignment: Mosquito Larvae

Aedes triseriatus, Eastern Treehole Mosquito (Larva) I have a symbiotic relationship with other scientists. They let me in on their cutting-edge studies, giving me and my camera unfettered access to their charismatic little subjects. When the research is published and the science press picks up the breaking story my photos go along for the ride,…

Fire ants aren’t the only formicids that have to worry about parasitoid phorid flies. Many species are hosts to this diverse fly family. Below are a pair of photos I took recently near Jujuy, Argentina showing a trio of an unidentified Pseudacteon species hovering over an ant nest. One of the flies hit her target,…

An Ant Diversity Sampler

With 12,000 described species, ants dominate global terrestrial ecosystems. Here are a few of them. Name: Nothomyrmecia macrops Distribution: Australia Famous for: The story of its rediscovery (As told by Bill Bryson- scroll down)