The Undertaker by John Hooton

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This ant seems intent on disposing of the body of a dead woodlouse. How did it die? Did he kill it? Does he just want the body to impress his friends? Who knows? Welcome to the world of the macro twilight zone. :-))

Taken in my back garden in South London.

Technical Details:

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/200 sec at f/40
Flash: SB-800 + 2 x SB-R200
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3

© 2009 John Hooton Photography

Retired Professional Photographer, web designer, software developer, still dabbling in photography and all things technical!

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  • Jeannette Sheehy
    Jeannette Sheehyover 5 years ago

    ha -looks like he’s trying to drag it to a shallow grave in the woods, where it will be found by a man walking his dog.

  • Yep, and the case may never be solved.. :-))

    – John Hooton

  • Jennifer Kilgour
    Jennifer Kilgourover 5 years ago

    It’s kind of gross but intriguing – great shot. :-)

  • Thanks for commenting Jennifer. It is a bit gross but the ant found it fascinating enough for an hour or so until he got bored with it!

    – John Hooton

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    AWESOME macro John! Love your little write up too….I think he wants to impress his friends ;)

  • There are no models around at the moment so I am left with dead woodlice in the garden… how sad is that!

    – John Hooton

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 5 years ago


  • I was testing a lighting setup for macro photography. Grim as it is, this was the most exciting bit of micro life, or more accurately life/death, that I could find at the time!

    – John Hooton

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