Fiery Fire Ants

Backlit fire ants

Many believe that wildlife photography occurs only in forests, miles away from cities. Travel to these locations, and you will get great images, or so they say.

This is not true, as I found out. Sure, wildlife sanctuaries host a vast array of photographic subjects. But such prospects exist in urban settings as well.

Take these ants, for instance. This image isn’t from a sanctuary. I shot it right outside my house. 

I discovered these fire ants in the foliage of a vacant plot. They were marching up a branch, backlit by the setting sun.

It was late in the evening, so I had only a few moments of light left. Fortunately, four ants lined up against the last sliver of light, and I captured the shot. 

Photographic opportunities exist wherever we go. If we are attentive, we will spot them.

Image Details:

  • Camera: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1
  • Lens: OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8
  • Aperture: F2.8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200s

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Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

10 thoughts on “Fiery Fire Ants

  1. Good one Ishan.

    These ants are almost omnipresent around where we stay 🙂 . Given their aggressive nature for self preservation, most creatures don’t mess around with them. So a lot of other creatures, including some spiders, mimic them so that their predators avoid them mistaking them to be ants.

    Want to know of a spider that however preys on these ants? Check out


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