Natural history photos

Research Scenes
The Practical Workout
The Practical Workout

The Sunset Overture
The Sunset Overture

A hole 11 hours in the making, completed after sunset.

The Lost Shaft
The Lost Shaft

Enough said.

The Practical Workout
The Practical Workout

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Noteworthy Excavations

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Trophallaxis between Philotermes(?) beetle andTenuirostritermes

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Septentrinna bicalcarata with one of if its many ant hosts, Veromessor pergandei.

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Temite beetle sp 1

A second species of Philotermes(?) with Tenuirostritermes

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Trophallaxis between Philotermes(?) beetle andTenuirostritermes

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Myrmecophiles, Termitophiles and parasites!

This wire-belted P. badius forager is a member of colony containing hundreds of sisters; each wearing age-specific belts.

Gray fox friend monitors my harvester ant research.

This wire-belted P. badius forager is a member of colony containing hundreds of sisters; each wearing age-specific belts.

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Lab and Field

The Apalachicola National Forest and the Florida panhandle

An enchating sink hole (ANF, Leon Sinks)

A controlled burn crackles through the piney flatwoods of the ANF

Nothing says paradise like a warm, gulf breeze through the Spanish moss.

An enchating sink hole (ANF, Leon Sinks)

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Big Pictures

Iridenscent Salticid
Iridenscent Salticid

Better than gold!

Camera ham
Camera ham

Iridenscent Salticid
Iridenscent Salticid

Better than gold!

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Spider Heart Breakers

Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight
Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight

Winged debutantes ready themselves the morning of a mating flight. Later, foreign males will arrive to mate with females on their natal nest.

Enter the alates
Enter the alates

Female alates (future queens) clamor out of their nest entrance on a June morning. Colonies release a coordinated pulse of male and female sexuals in early summer.

A new superorganism
A new superorganism

A newly mated foundress begins excavating a nest. She will dig more than 30cm and forage frequently while raising her first brood.

Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight
Pogonomyrmex baidus mating flight

Winged debutantes ready themselves the morning of a mating flight. Later, foreign males will arrive to mate with females on their natal nest.

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Pogonomyrmex badius Mating Flights

A juvenile American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) seeks a snack in a canal.

Grey Fox Friend
Grey Fox Friend

This fellow was not shy and kept me company for two field seasons.

This bright eyed toad tumbled out of his burrow during an ant nest excavation. He was returned.

A juvenile American white ibis (Eudocimus albus) seeks a snack in a canal.

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Vertebrate Visitors

Male fiddler crabs at low tide.

Riding the lubber bus
Riding the lubber bus

This lubber is host to numerous mites.

A water scorpion (Ranatra) moves across the forest floor.

Male fiddler crabs at low tide.

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Small Pleasures

Scenes from distant places
 Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain
Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain

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Amitermes laurensis , Nifold Plain

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Watercolor and ink artwork

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Pogonomyrmex badius nest in cross section