How Much Weight Can an Ant Carry? by David Friederich

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I love macro photography because it forces me to see the little things in our world. I became fascinated recently by an ant colony, photographing many aspects of ant life and behaviour. In this photo, I think I captured the enormous strength on an ant. If we were able to assume that this ant was 6 ft. long, then the stone it is carrying must weigh 500 pounds. The image was captured on Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada, using a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor f4 200 mm micro lens handheld (ISO 1600, +0.33 EV, f10, 1/400).


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If I could live my life to live over, I would be a biologist because nature provides me with such joy and passion. I am able to capture and share my experiences in nature with good camera gear, and through the medium of RedBubble. I hope you enjoy my work capturing scenes from nature.

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  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynabout 3 years ago

    This is what I’ve been try to achieve, well done.. I’ll keep plugging away! Well done!

  • Keep on pluggin’, Larry. I think I have learned that pluggin’ is what pays off eventually in nature photography. Thank you so much for you great comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Paula Betz
    Paula Betzabout 3 years ago

    This is incredible, an exceptional shot! A favorite for sure, and I hear you about seeing the little things through a macro lens. It is a whole new world. Very well done. :)

  • Yes, I love photographing the little things in our world. I am glad you like this image and that you commented. Thank you, Paula.

    – David Friederich

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...about 3 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...about 3 years ago

    Oh my!!! I’m also fascinated by ants..this is so wonderful to see!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 3 years ago

    The world of the tiny is a magical place. I’m so pleased I found it in August 2005 and I’m glad you’ve found it too.
    Lovely image, David, and it really does demonstrate the incredible strength of these little insects. Their organisation & sense of cooperation is to be admired also.

  • There is such magic looking through the macro lens. I think when I am very old and grey I will default to macro photography, shooting the miracles of the garden. The ant hill in an old stump in the garden was found by little Frodo, who began barking at the ants. I began watching and witnessed a viscious war between the resident black carpenter ants and the invading red ants. The reds won, after slaughtering every black ant. The battle lasted days, and the drama continues. More photos to come. Thank you, Jesika, as ever for your kind and salient comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 3 years ago

    I love macro photography too. that’s what I do the most. yes, you have a nice shot here, not everyday that we see ant carry so heavy. well done! ;)

  • While I love macro a lot, most of my photography uses very long lenses. It is fun, though, to get down on my hands and knees and explore that small world that we often overlook. Thank you kindly for your wonderful comment.

    – David Friederich

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 3 years ago

    Amazing capture David!!…Just brilliant!!!

  • Thank you, Meg. I so appreciate your comment.

    – David Friederich

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