Today, Roche announced funding for over a dozen genomes of organisms associated with the agricultural attine ants and the fungus they cultivate. In honor of the occasion, here's a sampling of a few of the attine species and their gardens.
Cool pictures - as always. Just wondering if you saw this paper and if so what you think about it?
I'm just curious - how far do you have to travel to get so many varieties of insects? Or, maybe more pertinently, how much variety of insects could a (very) amateur photographer capture within a block or two of their home? A mile?
Thanks! Love the insect pix!
Great shots, Alex. I especially like the Acromyrmex lundii shot, since thereÂ´s a lot of them in my city (IÂ´m from Argentina). Nice focusing too... since I read about the Canon MP-E 65mm, I can imagine what a pain it must be to get a sharp focus like that.
Saludos from the south!
How the #@$& did you get the picture of the mold growing on caterpillar frass? Or the one that looks like a stalactite? That ain't no Toys-R-Us ant farm...
Samantha: You'd be surprised how many kinds of insects you can find in your own yard. As a (very) amateur myself, I've photographed over 100 distinct kinds of bugs in my yard, and this isn't even a start - there are hundreds more that I just haven't gotten around to photographing yet.
there are hundreds more that I just haven't gotten around to photographing yet.thanks..