The ant, the fly, the flying ant

6 June 2010
Back to the Republic Poly Trail, and the vegetation has grown into the path! Getting difficult to navigate, but still a little scary when going through deserted areas alone. Gonna grab other shooters over next time!

Ant-Mimic Jumping Spider (Salticidae) - DSC_9625#1 Ant mimic spider with it’s nest. Master architect at work!

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_9638#2 A normal ant

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_9668#3 Spotted this poor ant with only 1 wing wandering around aimlessly. It was quite dark so I used a long exposure to capture a brighter background.

Ant (Formicidae) - DSC_9663#4 The other side of the ant, you can see the wound where it’s wing used to be

Actually, only some ants in each colony will have wings, and they venture out to mate and form new colonies. The queen would shed it’s wings after settling down to start the new colony. Some or most may fail, like this one.

Moth - DSC_9676#5 Moth

Hoverfly (Syrphidae) - DSC_9680#6 Hoverfly in flight, with a strand of what looks like a web behind???

Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) - DSC_9682#7 Creeping up from behind

The complete album can be viewed here.



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