Ants: those tiny, hardworking insects we mostly don’t notice, except perhaps when they’re taking up our homes. But there’s such a lot more to those industrious creatures, as proven by stunning close-up photographs taken by Analiza Daran De Guzman within the Philippines.
Using her Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Analiza spent hours taking pictures of ants walking along with a string in her garden, carrying drops of water.
Despite not having her usual camera available, one of Analiza’s ant photographs was chosen as a winner in a competition run by photo app ‘Agora.’
The ants seem to be walking a tightrope, carrying spheres of different sizes for balance, but they carry water droplets to the nest.
With her professional camera needing repair, she does not want to miss the opportunity to capture images of the hardworking ants.
She decided to use what she did have on hand, her phone, and a clip-on macro lens.
“Insects move fast, ants particularly. It is tricky to take pictures with a small mobile” she said and added: ‘’However, ants stop moving fast when they start to drink water… so I gave them water.’’
An estimated total of 22,000 species of ants exists worldwide, of which 12,500 have been classified.
Few interesting ant-facts:
- In relation to its size, the ant is one of the world’s strangest creatures and can carry up to 50 times its weight.
- They can outnumber humans at an estimated 1 to 1 million.
- Ants do not have ears, but they can create an image of surrounding by feeling vibrations through their feet, some species have no eyes and use their antennae to communicate.
- The bullet ant has the most painful sting in the world.
- They have two stomachs, one for feeding himself and another one for sharing with other ants.
- They’re could everywhere in the world, except Antarctica.
- They are very social insects and always live in large colonies.
Some of the amazing photos taken by Analiza:
A black-and-white checkered pattern refracted through the droplets across the piece of string.