Nature's Place

Rainbow Wanderer

I found this beetle in the dark of the rainforest and gave it a little honey to keep it in one place for a minute, to get a shot – and I enjoy feeding the little things when I do. Then these black ants came along and chased it off. But it must have been very hungry because it came back to the honey and risked attack by the ants – who wouldn’t hesitate if that’s what came upon them. Instead though, they made room at the table. A battle they couldn’t win perhaps. Or just a case of knowing ones place and putting first things first – food/survival before risk of injury.

An unusual truce indeed.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

I found this beetle in the dark of the rainforest and gave it a little honey to keep it in one place for a minute, to get a shot – and I enjoy feeding the little things when I do. Then these black ants came along and chased it off. But it must have been very hungry because it came back to the honey and risked attack by the ants – who wouldn’t hesitate if that’s what came upon them. Instead though, they made room at the table. A battle they couldn’t win perhaps. Or just a case of knowing ones place and putting first things first – food before risk of injury. An unusual truce indeed. 

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. Mark said, on 27/10/2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks all, appreciated.

  2. mespidee said, on 26/10/2010 at 5:24 pm

    Short but sweet… I do love it…

  3. Thorgar Uzgaroth said, on 24/10/2010 at 10:28 am

    AWESOME

  4. Willie said, on 23/10/2010 at 9:07 pm

    Stunning, amazing, inspirational.

    Love photo 3 above.

    Hope you don’t mind me putting a link up on my relatively amateurish photoblog.

    Happy snapping.

  5. Anna said, on 18/10/2010 at 12:48 pm

    Mark, looks like someone learn how to share, lol.
    Excellent photo again, I am always impressed with the detail you shown.
    Anna :)

  6. Jenn said, on 14/10/2010 at 11:14 pm

    Awesome Mark! Fine captures! it’s amazing how the little creatures respond to your presence,blissfully unaware yet go on with their activities of foraging!

  7. Mark said, on 14/10/2010 at 4:49 pm

    It was at first driven off by a single ant, they squirt acid from their abdomen. Then it came back and was attacked again but didn’t turn tail this time. Then it made its way to the drop. All creatures are at least cautious around ants.

    A drop of honey is a rare treasure to a passing insect, most of them anyway.

  8. roseroars said, on 14/10/2010 at 4:21 am

    Was he moving toward the honey as cautiously as it looks? He looks as though he’s asking for permission to dine with the ants.

    Beautiful as always.

  9. ram0singhal said, on 14/10/2010 at 12:49 am

    divine……..very fine photo art…..
    love all….

  10. jamyun said, on 14/10/2010 at 12:20 am

    love it..like it

  11. Sandra dieLimburgse said, on 13/10/2010 at 11:08 pm

    These photo’s are incredible …. so much details. Beautiful.
    How clever to drop a bit of honey, I must keep that in mind.


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