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Melissotarsus - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Melissotarsusis surely among the most unusual ants. These small Afrotropical myrmicines live in narrow galleries in the bark of particular tree species where they farm armored scale insects. Melissotarsus may be the only animal other than humans to have domesticated livestock for meat production.

Arachnida: Spiders, Mites and Relatives

alexanderwild.com — Amazing Arachnids Images of the eight-legged arthropods among us.

Public Domain - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — These images, created by Alex Wild prior to 2006, have been released into the public domain. They can be used in any context, including commercial, without prior permission. Enjoy!

Parasites & Parasitoids - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Life on earth is so abundant that a surprising proportion of our planet's diversity thrives as parasites, deriving sustenance from the bodies of other species, or from the shared resources of social species. This gallery contains photographs of both parasites (which generally do not kill their hosts), and parasitoids (which usually do).

Termites - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Termites These ubiquitous wood-feeding insects are social descendants of cockroaches. Colonies are composed of reproductive males and females, sterile soldiers, and immature stages that perform as workers. Below are images of termites from around the world.

Halloween Print Sale - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — All prints in this gallery are 70% off regular fine art pricing until November 1, 2014, starting at $3.99 for a 5x7". Happy Halloween!To order, click on the green "buy" button to select the size, paper type, and various optional mounting/framing options. I do ship internationally.

Bugging out: How rampant online piracy squashed one insect photographer

arstechnica.com — Here is a true story about how copyright infringement costs my small photography business thousands of dollars every year. Or, maybe it isn't. It could also be a true story of how copyright infringement earns me thousands of dollars every year. I can't be sure.

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Eciton - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Eciton is a large, conspicuous army ant endemic to the neotropics. Most species have a soldier caste with mandibles modified into ice-tong shaped hooks for defense against vertebrates. One rain forest species, E. burchellii, is known for its expansive epigaeic swarm raids.

Cephalotes - Alex Wild Photography

alexanderwild.com — Cephalotes is a diverse genus of heavily-armored, tree-dwelling myrmicine ants found in forested regions of the new world tropics and subptropics. A number of rainforest canopy species show the unusual habit of controlled gliding flight when they are knocked from tree branches.
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Nov 20, 2014

The tip of the trap: mandibles of an Odontomachus trap-jaw ant, the world's fastest-biting animal. pic.twitter.com/Ba0362F6Cr

Nov 20, 2014

RT @ivanoransky: Love this: 'Couldn't be reached' — a blog for all the times officials refuse to comment #nocommentclub bit.ly/1tlxEeG via @AHCJ_Pia

Nov 20, 2014

@jacki_liddle That can work; be sure to pick a good print lab that will let you see proofs, though, results vary tremendously.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @Coleopterist: Bill Warner: knowledge increase is correlated with energy decrease through a scientist's life #entsoc14 pic.twitter.com/9l17VEJg4k

Nov 20, 2014

Momentarily confused. ISS =/= ISIS.

Nov 20, 2014

@tinylilobserver I'd probably use the wrong number of fingers, though.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @tinylilobserver: @Myrmecos Try being Chinese & terrible at math. People think you're faking it. #RacialStereotypes #misery

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