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2nd PlaceBull Ant Ablutions

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Challenge: Free Study 2022-04 (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2021-2022 - CHALLENGES & outtakes etc
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Date: Apr 9, 2022
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2022

this ant stopped on the blade of grass to to clean it's antennae ..

"Ants are very clean animals. They have an oily saliva which they use to clean and oil their bodies by licking them. An antís antennae are very important, as they help the ant communicate and find food sources. As such, they must also be kept very clean. An ant cannot lick their antennas though, so they rely on a part of their body that is not visible to the human eye. An antís front legs are equipped with a structure that has a notch and spur, similar to a lobsterís claw. That structure is also covered with hair. An ant will drag their antenna through this structure, cleaning it as they do."
this is an interesting article about how and why ants clean their antennae

Place: 2 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.0238
Avg (participants): 6.7778
Avg (non-participants): 7.4667
Views since voting: 309
Views during voting: 76
Votes: 42
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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05/11/2022 12:16:54 AM
WTG Roz!
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05/10/2022 06:43:46 AM
The sharpness in the face, and that water drop!
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05/08/2022 11:03:36 AM
A stunning presentation.
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05/08/2022 10:38:29 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2022 10:40:14 AM
In my top three.
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05/05/2022 09:34:36 AM
Beautifully done, a stunning way to present an ant.
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05/03/2022 05:55:17 PM
Oooooh.... It's 3-dimensional and I thought it was going to pop out of my screen. That's a good thing as far as the quality of the macro. Well done!!
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05/02/2022 01:30:04 PM
Fabulous DOF and detail on this little guy.
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