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I seldom photograph ant because they rarely stop long enough for a decent shot. This one was found dreaming on a leaf and allows me to get a few shots :) Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant
Ants are distinct in their morphology from other insects in having elbowed antennae, metapleural glands, and a strong constriction of their second abdominal segment into a node-like petiole. The head, mesosoma, and metasoma are the three distinct body segments. The petiole forms a narrow waist between their mesosoma (thorax plus the first abdominal segment, which is fused to it) and gaster (abdomen less the abdominal segments in the petiole). The petiole may be formed by one or two nodes (the second alone, or the second and third abdominal segments).

Like other insects, ants have an exoskeleton, an external covering that provides a protective casing around the body and a point of attachment for muscles, in contrast to the internal skeletons of humans and other vertebrates. Insects do not have lungs; oxygen and other gases such as carbon dioxide pass through their exoskeleton via tiny valves called spiracles. Insects also lack closed blood vessels; instead, they have a long, thin, perforated tube along the top of the body (called the "dorsal aorta") that functions like a heart, and pumps haemolymph toward the head, thus driving the circulation of the internal fluids. The nervous system consists of a ventral nerve cord that runs the length of the body, with several ganglia and branches along the way reaching into the extremities of the appendages.

An ant's head contains many sensory organs. Like most insects, ants have compound eyes made from numerous tiny lenses attached together. Ant eyes are good for acute movement detection, but do not offer a high resolution image. They also have three small ocelli (simple eyes) on the top of the head that detect light levels and polarization.[38] Compared to vertebrates, most ants have poor-to-mediocre eyesight and a few subterranean species are completely blind. Some ants such as Australia's bulldog ant, however, have excellent vision and are capable of discriminating the distance and size of objects moving nearly a metre away.[39]

Two antennae ("feelers") are attached to the head; these organs detect chemicals, air currents, and vibrations; they also are used to transmit and receive signals through touch. The head has two strong jaws, the mandibles, used to carry food, manipulate objects, construct nests, and for defence.[37] In some species a small pocket (infrabuccal chamber) inside the mouth stores food, so it may be passed to other ants or their larvae.
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VJD-Communication Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014

A neat looking ant with unusual patterns in its armoured skin. :woohoo:

:+fav: :excited:
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pierreangy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
*_* WOW, WTF... So beautiful, so clear distinct... Tks.
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donotseeme Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow what species of ant is this ?
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:iconcatelee2u:
catelee2u Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!
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:iconmichiisalone:
MichiIsAlone Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
WOAAAAHH
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Weird-Bug Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Those protrusions on her thorax are very interesting.
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
They are awesome little guys.  Hey man, I can't stop telling you this: GREAT PHOTOS, I am amazed at the great macros you take.
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pentaxianspentax Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning shot!
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LadyMariko Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
This is truly amazing! I like bugs and your photo gives me opportunity to stare at ant for hours :)
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:iconpufflemon:
pufflemon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
ants are so cool :D awesome photo 
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:iconleda74:
Leda74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Extraordinary texture on the head and thorax. The shot came out perfectly!
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:iconkamerron:
Kamerron Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014  Student Interface Designer
So cool !
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:iconsunnysophie:
SunnySophie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never thought that ants could be this beautiful *-* awesome shot :)
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:iconxtartexflambeex:
XtarteXflambeeX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Woah! I've never seen an ant so close! Interesting!
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:iconsabine101:
Sabine101 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Cute
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:iconameetsoni:
ameetsoni Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Its REal??
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:iconsunbeargirl:
Sunbeargirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Whoa. Ants may be annoying, but they really look so cool.
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:iconswagmaster6969696954:
wow didn't think ants were so scary up close, great shot
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:iconsaiyan5nine-tails:
Saiyan5Nine-Tails Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Never watched "Honey, I shrunk the Kids", have you?
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:iconswagmaster6969696954:
nope
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RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I never seen an Ant much this closer , Amazing Shot :D
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inukagome134 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
So cute!!! :heart: Great photo~
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Oddlnk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa dude, thats what an ant looks like up close? HA. TAKE THAT SCINCE FICTION HORRORS. DUDE, seriously thought this is an incredible shot!
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Kyotita Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
dude, thats a beautiful shot! Im amazed you could get an ant pic this great!
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obcat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
The clarity is simply astounding. Nice work!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconnelson-net:
nelson-net Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
This shot is too much... how level of detail, man!
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TatsukiOtaku Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, cool picture *3*

The ant looks so detailed, it almost unnerving O:
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frederiksd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Never seen an ant in such detail, Bravo sir, BRAVO! :D
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SG--ZILLIS Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
i've never seen an ant of this species.
it's gorgeous.
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SammyU24 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is brilliant, great picture
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KoKoaLover1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ArmoredAnt.exe
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Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I wrote two humorous fanfiction stories about ants...I'm surprised that their antennae are that long...
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:iconkim-fareseed:
Kim-Fareseed Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2014
Never been able to see an ant that up close before.
Wish I knew my Latin...
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:iconutriv:
utriv Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Wow! 
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:iconchaos-turtle:
Chaos-turtle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa! too lucky! they almost look like they are made of clay
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:iconhuangxueli:
HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
It looks ferocious.
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EpoDragon123 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:O Wow.. Nice shot! :D
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:iconricke76:
ricke76 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome shot!
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AtlasArtifex Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
As I'm admiring this photo of this amazing creature, I am also squishing a couple as they crawl across my blanket.... :I
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zukopie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, that's AWESOME.  It's so DETAILED......
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:iconnocturnalscribe:
NocturnalScribe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the detail in the face! it is almost surreal
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:iconzombiewil:
ZombieWil Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks like a Samurai ant love the way he looks!
Will
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Redsterfish Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Don´t tell the manager, though great shot Clap 
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Such a beautiful creature! Why did I use to kill them during my childhood again?
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Kim-Fareseed Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2014
Parents don't want them to destroy the picnic? Or want insects around in general.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
I presume I was just a stupid kid back then. Now I´ve learned to love every single creature of nature. And if you excuse me, I have a room to fumigate unless I want those ****ing mosquitoes to bite me.
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Kim-Fareseed Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Can't kill a fly, can't even kill a mosquito with my hand, I need something to take that one down. Else, let them be. But I will blow insects off if they deside to nap on my laptop.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Disposing of 24 hours of life, and they waste them bugging you (no pun intended) 
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