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Ant carry ant by melvynyeo Ant carry ant by melvynyeo
Thanks so much for the DD :) :) and sorry for all the spam! I've try to block and hide as i could... :) Edit... i give up... these spammers are incredible... 500 over spam comments! And some are active accounts... guess their account are hack.

Not too sure what is going on here. Few theory...
#1 Could be the "dead" ant is infected and being carried away to avoid infecting the rest.
#2 The stronger ant is transporting a smaller ant. Read here [link]
#3 A raid is going on... but i don't see other ants around.
#4 A form of mimicry

Quote [link]
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist.

Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies sometimes are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study. Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication, and rituals. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. Their ability to exploit resources may bring ants into conflict with humans, however, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant, are regarded as invasive species, establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.
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Ant carry ant by ~melvynyeo shows determination, strength and perhaps a little love - something we forget lies in those much smaller than us! ( Suggested by dragonfly-oli and Featured by Kaz-D )
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LordOmegaZ Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015   Digital Artist
lol all i can think of is the ant version of driving home a drunk friend XD
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ofthestarrs Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Photographer
Absolutely incredible detail! A very well deserved DD! 
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leamender Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Form of Mimicry?? any source to that?
good work.

cheers
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Edwardv Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Quad :wow: :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Always been fasvcinated by ants.
Brilliant shot.
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here Raw-Nature Feature 28 at :iconraw-nature:
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DrAndrei Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent macro!
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dalantech Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well deserved my friend -that's an amazing shot!
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TomazKlemensak Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013   Photographer
Fantastic Shot!!
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montygm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Amazing detail. Awesome work.

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TheBlueFighter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Soo High Def.
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry to hear about all of the spam :(
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Shen-fn-Woo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm pretty sure the carried ant has been infected with spores, and is being carried away from the nest to avoid further contamination.... especially if you took these shots anywhere near Brazil.  If not though, any number of things could be wrong with the affected ant.
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FauxHead Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yea, Melvyn! :D Congrats on the DD!!! Very much deserved, my friend!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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FauxHead Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
always a pleasure, Melvyn :) you deserve it!
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