These two insects work together, the Aphids feed the Ants with the nectar they collect from the plant they leech off of.
They appear as black spots along with the ants which are a little more clear due to their shape.
Camera Model Lumix GH3, modified by LifePixel for Full Spectrum Lens Olympus MSC ED M. 60mm Macro lens Filter B+W UV Black (403) Filter Aperture f/3.5 Shutter Speed 1/80 sec Film Speed 200 Spectrum Ultraviolet-A and Infrared (UVA and IR) Wavelength 320 to 385 nm and 750 nanometers Location North Georgia USA.
The Ants will move the Aphids around and protect them from predators.
I treated the plant shortly after this photo shoot with Neem oil and it took them out with one try.
I brought the camera back a little ways and took a picture to include more leafs. You cant see the Ants or Aphids very well but still cool to see the grouping of leafs.
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I take pictures with a special camera. Its a Mirrorless DSLR that has been modified by Life Pixel to see light in other wavelengths. This allows my camera to see light in the Infrared [IR] around 1300 NM wavelength, through the visual spectrum and into the Ultraviolet A and B wavelengths roughly into the 300 NM wavelength.
I carry many filters on me to make the photos you see in my blog, these filters screw on my lens and help me isolate certain wavelengths for certain scenes. These filters can be IR / UV pass-through filters to assist me get a natural photo taking out the UV and IR light. Or I may use a Infrared pass-through filter capture just IR light. I can do the same with UV light as well, though I need some better filters which they can cost a few hundred dollars for true Ultraviolet pass through filters. So for right now I have B + W 403 bandpass filters that still allow some IR light in, due to their cheaper material.
There are also exotic glasses made of sapphire and germanium I am open to working with to replace my silica glass hot mirror with a material that allows even longer wavelengths of infrared to enter my cameras sensor. Special sensors, lenses and filters of that material would be needed as well, so it would be a big project but one that may give some even more unique photography results.
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