When taking pictures of some of the Many Little Things I often focus so hard on the task at hand that I don’t notice all that is going on. This photo-set gives examples: the principal foci of the images were the larger organisms, but in each example there are smaller things in the picture too, sometimes obvious, sometimes not so.
In the first image the large ant was the focus but, remarkably in retrospect, the smaller ant carrying what may be a bug went unnoticed. In the second the focus was the aleocharine staphylinid (Coloeptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) but off to the right was a lovely little springtail (Collembola). In the third a tiny little (c. 1 mm) sphaeropsocid book-louse (Psocoptera) wandered into the image of a throscid beetle (Coleoptera: Throscidae) - these booklice are rarely encountered with very few records in southeastern Australia. The final two images show mites (Acarina) hidden in plain view: in the case of the millipede a tiny mite in the wood crack on the bottom right, and in the final image of the charopid land snail Pillomena meraca two mite species immediately to the left of the snail (see if you can find the smallest one!).
Pics 1 & 3 from the southern Grampians region and others from Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia.
German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie decided to combine the elegance of vintage porcelain with the grossness of a horde of ants in a series she calls Chitins Gloss. Various dining pieces such as plates, tea cups, and jugs are all crawling with ants, as if your kitchen is having some sort of ant-infestation.
Comes at just the right time, since “my friend” is experiencing cockroach problems and “my friend” is really freaked out about it. -MB
Edit: As lovelywaifu noted, boric acid is also effective for killing cockroaches, who walk through it and accidentally ingest it later while preening. Just be sure to sprinkle it lightly, and not in big ol’ piles—otherwise, they’ll simply walk around it.
The photographs in this picture gallery may look like they been Photoshopped or assembled with dead insects, but the ants in these images are very much alive. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov spends hours setting up fairytale scenes. He studied ants, and saw that they all follow a very specific path when they’re working. So he put his props on their trail, and photographed the insects interacting with his miniature ‘stage sets’.
Eciton burchellii is a species of New World army ant in the genus Eciton. This species, one of the most extensively studied ant species, consists of expansive, organized swarm raids that give it the informal name, Eciton army ant. This species displays polymorphic caste features, with the soldier ants having much larger heads and mandibles. In terms of geographical distribution, this species is found in the Amazon jungle and Central America.
Photo credits:João P. Burini ,Mark W. Moffett/Minden Pictures, Francesco Tomasinelli / Natural Visions