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Ant nymph mutualism | by Gustavo Mazzarollo
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Ant nymph mutualism

These ants spend the day near nymphs looking for the honeydew drops the nymphs produce, in exchange they offer protection. This action happen in the vegetation near my home, and lasted for weeks. Capture action in a world of unpredictable ant movement was a exercise of patience and observation. After weeks I noticed the only moment when the action stop for a photo is when the ants stimulate drop secretion with antenna. Setup a monopod to avoid fatigue and wait for this in a good point of view.

 

Canon 7D with Canon MP-E 65mm macro photo, external manual flash Yongnuo YN 560 bracket mounted with a mini softbox and silver reflector.

Macro Gear and tests

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Taken on March 20, 2011