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Crowded Petals | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis Hunting elusive shadows, a ghostly intruder<br />
 is never too late but always too early,<br />
 alone among crowded petals.<br />
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  1. What a great shot, Rick! I love your photography and your poetry with each photo! This one is one of my favorites of yours. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks very much, Travis! Posted 6 years ago
  2. Artistical Snap, Too good Rick. Got to see many poets too in JD. Great job. Posted 6 years ago
    1. Very glad you liked it, Sunil! Posted 6 years ago

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The pavement ant, ''Tetramorium caespitum'', is a common household pest. Its name comes from the fact that colonies usually make their homes in pavement. It is distinguished by one spine on the back, two nodes on the petiole, and grooves on the head and thorax . The species is native to Europe, but was introduced to North America in the 18th century.

During early spring, colonies attempt to conquer new areas and often attack nearby enemy colonies. These result in huge sidewalk battles,.. more

Species identified by Rick Lieder
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Uploaded Jan 28, 2014.