Anochetus paripungens

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Anochetus paripungens trap-jaw ant carrying a cocoon, Australia



photo details:
Canon EOS 50D camera
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250sec
twin flash heads placed in front and behind the subject.

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Impressive! Let's see you carry a folded-up queen size futon mattress in your mouth. Not so easy is it now, Mr. Endoskeleton!

By Joshua King (not verified) on 26 May 2010 #permalink

Josh- heh. That made me laugh.

Ted- handheld, but an extender would probably be easier. I've been experimenting a lot with this sort of arrangement recently- I like the "kick" the extra backlighting provides to the outline of the insect.

I'm considering some kind of an extender to get one of the flash heads more out over the insect to better illuminate its distant side - one thing that annoys me about the way my photos are turning out. I imagine their might be more 'spooking' issues with something like that, though.