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Old Mar 16, 2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Spring is here in Louisiana

Here are a few from Black Bayou Lake
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 12:29 PM   #2
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Are those Fire Ants in number 4? If so, a great capture of an example of the adaptability of those nasties floating off to found a new colony somewhere.
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Old Mar 17, 2012, 4:17 PM   #3
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Great series.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 6:03 PM   #4
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Hi Gary

Very special series... wow there is a feeling of lushness of photos #1 and #2 (snake & alligator / croc).

The bee in flight photo (#3) is sadly out of focus (I know from experience how hard it is to get great in focus, sharp bee / wasp in flight photo!)

My first guess of photo 4 was a frog's head popping up in a pond, covered by some slime / algae. (Can anyone else see the 'head' looking away, 2 bumps where the eyes are?) But after I read penolta's post and when I've looked closer, yes I think that's right... fire ants! What an amazing ability to form a 'floating colony'.

(I've heard about those, and know there are some of these 'nasties' here in Australia that have been unintentionally 'introduced' (most likely from container ships from Latin America) in our tropics / subtropics. Ewwww... not nice! We've had enough problems from introduced species all ready... I've heard their bite is very painful (burning feeling) - we already have enough 'natural' biting ants, we don't need more!

Perhaps my favourite photo is the last one... great colour and composition, including the dark orange strip / marking on its head!

Thanks for sharing.

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