Ah, the thrills of being a nature photographer. The classic nature battles that are captured through the eye of a photographer…a lion taking down a wildebeest. A pack of wolves tackling a full-grown elk. A grizzly bear taking a bison calf.
OK, this may not be quite on bar with the excitement and drama of one of those encounters, but while out taking macro photos, I heard a bit of buzzing and noticed this fly flopping around a bit, seemingly trying desperately to get away from something. At first I didn’t see the captor, but then saw it was a large ant! The ant had it’s jaws firmly around the head of the fly, and despite all the efforts of the fly, it certainly didn’t seem like it had much of a chance to get away.
I had seen ants carrying seemingly dead insects away before, often in a cooperative fashion. But I hadn’t ever really thought of ants as being “killers”, going out and actively hunting for prey. Another insight into the insect world through a macro lens!