Nature's Place

Morning Queen

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First light of the day is a good time to catch the wildlife unawares. They haven’t quite woken up yet, aren’t so active as when it warms up.

And first thing today there was an ant. A queen of her kind, Green Head kind. She must have taken flight at first light, I’d guess.

Her wings took her to an old lemon on a stake, where I couldn’t get a shot, so I helped her to the butterfly bush.

I thought she might slow down there and even take some nourishment from the little yellow cups.

And so she did, before some preening, then wandering off round the nearest leaves.

So I present to you, a queen of the morning …

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  1. Mike Hohmann said, on 26/09/2016 at 2:36 am

    Fantastic photos… reminds me why I sleep in a tent when camping… even when backpacking. Keep up the good work!

    • Mark said, on 27/09/2016 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Mike. Yes, you don’t want these exploring your nether regions any time of the day. :-) Very painful sting and bite.

  2. Amy said, on 09/09/2016 at 2:57 am

    Remarkable macro images!!

  3. Cate said, on 03/09/2016 at 12:21 am

    A queen, indeed! She’s beautiful, Mark; the contrast of the first shot, against the bright yellow, really highlights her. Lovely images.

  4. treesshrubs said, on 02/09/2016 at 12:10 pm

    She’s amazing!its true about early morning ☺

  5. krikitarts said, on 02/09/2016 at 10:53 am

    A crowning achievement, Mark. What a regal little creature!

  6. I just love this, Mark. I love how you love her, helped her and she gifted you with her beauty, and you in turn gifted us. Thank you. I love the colors in her head, and her striped antennae. I love all the different angles, especially the one where she is at the tip of the leaf.

    • Mark said, on 02/09/2016 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Mary. That’s a lot of love … :-)

      Got that double too.

  7. David said, on 02/09/2016 at 6:46 am

    Really great photos Mark.

  8. Lissa said, on 02/09/2016 at 6:06 am

    She’s lovely. Ants usually swarm all together during the warm of the day. Have to wonder what her story is.

    • Mark said, on 02/09/2016 at 11:02 am

      There was one other ant but not the same species. Could be I just wasn’t about for the great migration.

  9. Harry van Gastel said, on 02/09/2016 at 5:34 am

    Great pics AND text, as usual.


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