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San Pedro at Night
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Dominican Taxi
Wild West Virginia
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Two ants cooperate to holding and lifting plants' seed
The ants holding and hanging different plants' seeds
The ants holding and lifting different plants' seeds
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The ants holding and lifting different plants' seeds
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Looking down on Market Street, San Francisco
Just playing around with some blue eyeshadow and a fallen tree!
Country road on a beautiful day in the Catskill mountains of NY.  The sun was perfect for the many lines the camera caught.
"Big Sky Country"
"Hungry Horse Dam"
Driving through the beautiful Catskill Mountains of upstate New York
10th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
The ants holding and hanging different plants' seeds

The photographer, armed with his Nikon D70, was compelled to take this photo because he had never seen ants exhibiting their strength in this way. “It’s [a] unique and rare moment,” Adiyanto says.

Editor's Note, March 13, 2013: After reading the thoughts of entomologist and Scientific American blogger Alex Wild, who wrote that this scene above was "a wholly unnatural arrangement of ants," we have asked Adiyanto to explain more about how he was able to capture this photograph. This submission did not violate our photo contest rules, but we wanted to be sure to clarify the photographer's process. Adiyato explains that he fed seeds from different plants to the ants and lifted, placed, and stacked the ants on the branch himself. Once the ants were in these positions, he took the photograph. He writes, in an email, that he has been observing and studying ants because of their outsized power.

We also asked Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History entomologist Ted Schultz about the scene. "Like Alex Wild says, they wouldn’t really be carrying these things for any reason. On top of that, they wouldn’t really be hanging upside down holding them like that. It is not like they are going to eat those things, those [seeds] are not food for them."

TAGS: Animal, Ant, Green, Indonesia, Nature, Plant, Wildlife

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Bekasi, Indonesia
Member since 2014
Editors' Pick Finalist
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© Eko Adiyanto.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 04.2012
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Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: May 16, 2012, 7:57 a.m.
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Camera Model: NIKON D70
Focal Length: 48mm
Shutter Speed: 1/30
Aperture: f7.1
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