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« on: April 08, 2007, 19:43 PM »
Hi All,

two ants caught my eye today on a windfall orange in the garden. At first I thought they were fighting and then realized the contact was very gentle. I watched them for perhaps a minute, circling and stroking. It seemed to be a case of “if you scratch my back i’ll scratch yours” but in this case it was their antennae / feelers.

Does anyone know about ants and mainly what this behavior was all about?

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2007, 22:53 PM »
Hullo Sue

I have read that when ants tap each others antennae they are asking to exchange food. Or maybe he was trying to find out if it was an ant from his own colony, but I think they do that by smell. On the waste near the boat there are lots of ants nests and there is one biggish one which I watch come in and out of their hole with food.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007, 23:55 PM »
Greetings Sue and All,
Great pics!
The first two clearly show one of the ants with t'other's feelers between its gnashers, but I'll take your word for it that they were not fighting! But seriously, have seen it often and I agree with Roxanne about them giving each other info. about food - maybe they've got taste buds and/or he was scraping off pollen, etc.

Look forward to more info. on ants' 'abits an' antics.

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2007, 09:49 AM »
Hi Roxanne + Technopat,

Thankyou for the info. We have a tremendous number of ants around us of various colours and sizes. These two stood out because they were large and on the great backdrop of the orange!

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2007, 22:50 PM »
Remarkable photos Sue
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2007, 23:01 PM »
Greetings Sue,
Had forgotten 'bout the windfall orange - aren't ants supposed to be extraordinarily sweet-toothed? They were probably remarking on the excellent vintage. Is the orange still where you left it or have they managed to roll into their nest?
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2007, 17:22 PM »
Slightly askew but still on the ants theme, I've just come across this video of woodpeckers anting

http://www.iberianature.com/material/spanishinvertebrates.html
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007, 22:22 PM »
hey guys new to photography and have some awesome shots with my cannon 350d


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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007, 22:35 PM »
Hi floating fish 

Welcome to the forum!

Lovely photos of some very active and well polished ants.
That one seed looks to be pretty heavy!

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2007, 22:40 PM »
Jeez floating_fish!
Welcome to the forum!
If you're new to photgraphy, tell me where I can get a camera like that!!!
Great pics.!
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