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Giant Forest Ant / Dinomyrmex gigas - portrait Specimen. I&#039;ve photographed this species before but this is a different specimen, with a better spread position.<br />
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Giant Forest Ant / Dinomyrmex gigas - portrait

Specimen. I've photographed this species before but this is a different specimen, with a better spread position.

Giant Forest Ant / Dinomyrmex gigas - full body Specimen. I've photographed this species before but this is a different specimen, with a better spread position.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120794/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_side_view.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120793/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_portrait.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120792/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_head.html Dinomyrmex gigas,Extreme Macro,Giant Forest Ant

Giant Forest Ant / Dinomyrmex gigas - side view Specimen. I've photographed this species before but this is a different specimen, with a better spread position.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120795/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_full_body.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120793/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_portrait.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120792/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_head.html Dinomyrmex gigas,Extreme Macro,Giant Forest Ant

Giant Forest Ant / Dinomyrmex gigas - head Specimen. I've photographed this species before but this is a different specimen, with a better spread position.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120795/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_full_body.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120794/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_side_view.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/120793/giant_forest_ant_dinomyrmex_gigas_-_portrait.html Dinomyrmex gigas,Extreme Macro,Giant Forest Ant

    comments (11)

  1. Wonderful! Great shot of such an adorable face! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks! Posted one month ago
  2. That's amazing! Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks, it's a huge ant! Posted one month ago
  3. Yikes! Posted one month ago
    1. It means well, Gary :) Posted one month ago
  4. This is stunning Ferdy, great work ;-) Posted one month ago
    1. Thanks so much! Posted one month ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    This handsome face belongs to a giant forest ant (Dinomyrmex gigas)! They are native to Southeast Asian forests. As their common name suggests – they are quite large. Depending on an individual’s caste (i.e., queens, males and workers), they can exceed 3 cm in length, which makes them one of the larges ant species in the world!

    Big ants need an appropriately big space to live in. A single colony has approximately 7,000 individuals and can cover an area the size of a soccer field! Plus, they are polydomous, meaning that they occupy several nests that are distributed throughout their habitat. But, despite its enormous size, a colony has only one queen, who lives in one of the many nests. She is the only egg-laying ant in the colony.

    In case you were wondering, giant forest ants do not sting. They are generally nonaggressive, although they can bite. And, they also use the hairs on the end of their abdomen to “paint” formic acid on their enemies. Weird perhaps, but so cool!

    What do they eat? The answer is honeydew, which is a sugar-rich substance excreted by sap-sucking insects in the order Hemiptera (aphids, cicadas, treehoppers, etc.). Honeydew is basically liquid poo, but it’s full of sugar and ants love it. The ants “milk” these insects by stroking them, which stimulates the excretion of the honeydew that the ants then gobble up. The ensuing sugar rush provides vital energy to the ants, but they supplement their diets with bird droppings and insects in order to obtain proper nutrition.

    Aside from their being a fascinating species, why should we care about these ants? After all, they’re just ants, right? Wrong. Ants are critical species! They are an important food source for many other animals, including birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians. They are a crucial link in the food chain. Plus, their enormous nests contribute to soil aeration, decomposition, and aid in nutrient cycling. In all these ways, ants prove to be essential contributors in maintaining the health of the ecosystems in which they live! They are amazing! {Photo credit: Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon #Dinomyrmexgigas #Giantforestant

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted one month ago
    1. Beautifully written, as always. Thanks so much, Christine! Posted one month ago
      1. You're welcome, Ferdy! Posted one month ago

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''Dinomyrmex'' is a monotypic genus of ant containing the species ''Dinomyrmex gigas'' or giant forest ant. ''D. gigas'' is a large species of ant, native to Southeast Asian forests. It is one of the largest ants in existence, measuring in at 20.9 mm for normal workers, and 28.1 mm for the soldiers.

Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Aug 27, 2021. Captured Aug 27, 2021 15:45.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/2.8
  • 1/5s
  • ISO64
  • 50mm