Tag Archives: Formica


Formica ravida. Creighton, 1940

As I indicated earlier, I’ll be attacking a backlog of photographs this season, and here is the first updated gallery, from September 2011: Formica ravida Creighton, 1940 (as identified by James Trager at BugGuide). These ants were […]

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Our ‘pavement ants’…

The most common ant in our Edmonton, Alberta garden is a black field ant which manages to make nests in various areas, usually in conjunction with pavement. (The commonly known pavement ant, Tetramorium caespitum, does not […]

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Hope Arising

Fallen and decaying logs in shaded areas will usually draw my attention because they can host – or be a platform for – a variety of life suitable for the macro photographer. This particular log […]

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Formica – going for seed

Near the end of the trail in Elk Island National Park, I spotted a dark jumping spider on the end of a fallen log. Unable to resist Salticids, I hunkered down and began shooting. The […]

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Ants: the negative side…

  This is from one of my first attempts to photograph insects on a white background back in 2009. At some point I accidentally hit a negative filter when working through some of my images, […]

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An Ant Collage

Found in Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, this ant was gallivanting around the picnic table  where I was ‘suiting-up’ for a hike into the valley. She obligingly popped into my white studio where she […]

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Black-with-a-little-red-bit-in-the-middle Ant

If I were to use Ted MacRae’s new Revised Key to Formicidae of North America, this could be a hybrid between Formica meganigra (big black ant) and Formica rubra (red ant). Note the black head […]

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These Ants Ain’t No Ladies…

In an effort to practice my macro technique at higher magnifications, I made a bee-line for the garden in search of a suitable buggy subject. I tried the common black ants that nest throughout our […]

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