Documenting nature in the Amazon through photographs and sketches

leaf-cutter ant

One of the reasons I was so excited to come live here in Manaus was for all the insects I could encounter here.  However, there are some that have given us trouble, and I’m thinking about ants.  There are many species of ants in the garden and house, some are eating one of the bedroom doors, others decided that they like the dog food and sometimes the plate is covered with ants and other little ones just like sweet stuff, but those don’t bother me that much, except when my juice glass gets covered by them.  Then there are many others in the garden.  Those that like dog food, seem to like everything, I have seen them taking chicken feathers into their nest.  but the worst are leaf-cutter ants!  They have cut leaves of so many of our plants, just in one night the hibiscus were without leaves, and then they went for the nonis, and they have also gone up the mango tree.  However, with so many of them I had the chance to practice taking photographs of moving insects. It has been complicated as they move so fast and so much.  It’s the first time I try using a white background thanks to some macrophotography tips shared by my friend The Bug Geek.

Atta leaf-cutter ant

Jardim Paulista, Manaus

This is a leaf-cutter ant of the Atta genus, (Hymenoptera, Myrmicinae, Attini).

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3 responses

  1. Cool shot. The white background definitely helps me see the ant more clearly (and the shadows are really nice). I am increasingly drawn to photographing insects (I recently posted on bees, milkweed bugs, milkweed beetles, and a harvestman.) I look forward to following your adventures there and what will almost certainly be an amazing group of insect photos.

    21/07/2012 at 9:24 am

    • Thank a lot Mike! very nice blog you have, I also started this blog as I am learning more about photography. I feel having it has helped me improve and to keep practicing 😀

      22/07/2012 at 9:08 am

      • Practice is helping me improve along with following some tips from the more experienced photographers. Keep shooting!

        22/07/2012 at 1:21 pm

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