Invincible Ants by Thomas Endlein.

Runner up, Ecology and Environmental Science category
Invincible ants by Thomas Endlein.
Pitcher plants are carnivorous, drawing nutrients from trapped and digested insects.
The species shown here (Nepenthes bicalcarata) secretes sweet nectar on the rim and fang-like structures, which are very slippery for most insects except for one specialised ant (Camponotus schmitzii).
The ants live in the curled hollow tendrils of the plant and manage to climb in and out of the pitcher without any difficulties to steal a bit of nectar, as shown here
Image Credit: Photograph by Thomas Endlein/PA
via Royal Society Publishing Photography competition 2017 – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

2 thoughts on “Invincible Ants by Thomas Endlein.

    • Most definitely Chris. I will post his answer in just a tick.

      Explanation: I have been asked what was the structure on the right hand side of the Old Guv, (the one with the curved roof).
      After consulting Grant Hofmeyer, I have been told it was a railway shed and was termed Commodius Freight Accommodation by the Railways. Which means in plain English that it was a Large spacious shed.

      Rod

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