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DISCLAIMERI am a photographer, not an entomologist. I do my best to have professionals assist in identifying the subjects of my photographs. However, positive identifications can not always be done unless the specimen is dead and viewed under a microscope. If you do find an error, or have doubts about the identification provided, please let me know in the comments or by email.
Ant of the Badlands (Edited)
In mid-September I took a field trip through southern Alberta, hoping I still had time to capture some bug photos before the frost and snow sets in again. I eventually made my way Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, which lies on the southern Alberta border, in view of the Sweetgrass Hills of Montana.
In the campground, the first bugs I came across were ants farming aphids on poplar leaves: an easy target for a bug photographer that more often finds himself crawling around on hands and knees.
This colony of Formica ravida† was in the well-treed campground beside the Milk River, a biome consisting of Western Plains Cottonwood (Populus deltoides), Narrow Leafed Cottonwood (Populus angustifolia) and Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera) interspersed with shrubs such as saskatoon, buffaloberry, chokecherry, willow and wild rose.
More photos of these ants later.
Formica ravida Creighton, 1940. Photographed September 19, 2011 at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, County Warner, Alberta, Canada. Canon T2i with MP-E 65mm macro lens. Diffused MT-24EX flash with one unit hand-held behind leaf. ISO 400, 1/200@f16.
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