Friday, July 03, 2009

Angry Red Weaver Ant

Red Weaver Ant Profile, originally uploaded by ihsankhairir.

I've always wanted to take a good macro shot of the red weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) but they tend to go around in swarms and attack anyone that comes close. Lack of a good macro lens also deterred me from getting closeup shots of these hotheaded Formicidae... but ever since I tried reverse lens macro and getting such extreme closeup shots I'm having lots of fun with these fierce arboreal ants...

I'm going to look for more of these ants around...

For more information on red weaver ants:


  1. the closeup shot is.... amazing. wow.

  2. sejak bile ada account blogspot? rasanya selama nie guna xanga kan?

    anyway, dpt ur link sbb ko tinggalkan komen kat blog hanis kan? aku selalu baca blog dia.

  3. woah nice picture, its like watching discovery haha:)

  4. wow amazing timing to capture it

  5. woahhh..that micro lens must have cost a bomb!
    Nice photo by the way! =)

  6. Aisyah: Thanks Aisyah

    Liz: It's my Xanga mirror =)

    Kelvin: thanks Kelvin! I try my best, you really think it's as good as discovery's? =)

    Lisa: Fortunately they stand cautiously still when angry so I could take this closeup photo!

  7. Chien: No I didn't get a macro/micro lens. I reversed my kitlens to get a magnification of the image, but i had to get really close to the subject!

  8. Wow, that's a wonderful shot! Good job!

  9. Once bitten, twice sakit :) Nice shot btw :)


  10. Lizz: Thank you Lizz =)

    David: Sometimes I get swarmed by them while taking these kinds of shots. They really hurt! Thanks for the compliments, David =)

  11. wow nice! they look scary man

  12. A very good macro shot on the ant :)

  13. woah nice!! its hard to take a photo using a reversed lens. need to keep it attached to the body. =) nicely done. thumbs up!

  14. Shuu: Up close, they do look scary, right?

    Aliblogblog: Thanks, I need a good macro lens to pursue this kind of passion

    Nabil: Indeed it wasn't easy, unless I have a 52mm reversing ring, which I don't. Thanks for the thumbs up! =)

  15. wow you managed to take a pic like that??
    amazing! keep it up! =D

  16. That is a horror movie picture if I ever see one

  17. woah !! so scary loh .. but nice shoot ^_^

  18. wahhh macro chun! looks scary ahaha

  19. a good macro!! Look at the mandibles!

    "I am coming for you.."

  20. Excellent! It's nice to see what's possible using this method. :)

  21. I'm amazed at details you made! Great depth too :)


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