(16 June 2017) This jumper worker ant is carrying another ant, caught to feed her peers and her Queen. Worker ants are wingless females which can carry objects up to 5,000 times their own body weight.
Together with the Queen, soldiers, and winged males and females, the workers form a colony. Worker ants carry out different jobs including nest construction, foraging, looking after the brood and Queen, and nest defense; they don’t reproduce, a job left to the Queen. Male ants often have only one role: mating with the Queen. This privilege comes with a heavy price though: death.
It is hard to tell what species the – winged – prey ant is.
Ants form 15–25% of the terrestrial biomass, which is about the same total mass of the entire human population on earth.
Requirements: 60mm macro lense, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/400. A tripod and a lot of patience. And a sharp look out for other jumping ants… their bites are very painful. As our poor prey ant probably experienced a short while ago.