Prenolepis imparis, St michaels, jan reese, talbot, waxwing, side

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Detailed Description

A male alate or the winged reproductive form of the normally wingless ant group. The species is currently unknown, but we have it sent off to someone for identification. The back story is that this tiny (that is the smallest acupuncture needle you can get in the background) ant had emerged by the thousands from a dead tree and was being fed on by a flock of cedar waxwings. To complete the story we want to know about the ant's name. From St. Michael's, Maryland. Collected by the life long naturalist Jan Reese. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

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Image Dimensions: 3796 x 3378

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