An ant that has seemingly captured a fly. The fly was firmly in the grip of the ant, and despite having full use of its wings and desperately trying to pull away, it wasn’t making any headway against the tiny but strong ant.
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!
Drink up little Rufous Humminbird! One flower down, 1,163 cans of Coke (hummingbird equivalent) to go!!
From Slate.com, there’s a nice feature today about the “fierceness” of hummingbirds:
Hummingbirds are Fierce, Deadly Gods of War
I can relate to this. Pop (hey, I’m from the Midwest, it’s “pop”, not “soda” or anything else) is my downfall. I don’t drink coffee, and especially during the week, a can of pop somehow makes it into my office. Mostly it’s Coke. If I’m really having a bad, tiring day, a Mountain Dew has been known to slip into my office. But having an occasional can of Coke is nothing, if you read this story.
Given the metabolism of a hummingbird, they consume half their body weight in sugar every day. As the article notes, an equivalent would be a human being drinking 1,163 cans of Coke a day, or 1,106 cans of Pepsi (Pepsi has more sugar).
Therefore, I have determined my occasional can of Coke isn’t bad. It may actually be a health food, based on this comparison. Not only am I drinking the “right” pop in Coke (the less sugary one), but I’m only drinking 0.09% of my daily allowance of sugar, in hummingbird terms.
It’s all a matter of perspective…