At first I only saw the female partner on a tree near a river in the forest at around 2 pm, and then there’s two of them. 🙂 The male attached his claspers at his hind end to the neck of the female. And up they go after I took three shots, they fly away on a higher spot, they don’t like to be watched. I don’t know what species are these.
These are slow-moving ants. Found them on the leaf litters and on the ferns and grasses that grows on the soil covered with these leaf litters. These formicine ants don’t have stings but the pain lingers even when you were just slightly stung buy one of those six sharp spines on their back, even the dead ones still have that effect. They’re about 10 mm in length, have long antennal length, round eyes near middle of head, one petiole with two spines and four spines at the back of its thorax. They responded when they sensed vibrations and moved towards it with their abdomens tilted under their thorax. I wonder what preys them and how they were eaten with those stinging sharp spines.
The hard part of taking these photographs was enduring the red ants biting my bare feet scattering all over the area while watching the other team of these spiny ants on the leaf litters coming towards my poor feet. I should have worn my shoes instead of slippers. I was just wandering near the camp but was led in their territory. Passing through a slippery and muddy slope trail before reaching this spot. In the end, the stings were worth it. 🙂
Sighted in a vegetation of a swampy area near a lake between one to two in the afternoon. Hitching along with it on its flight, a tiny orb-shaped passengers clinging on the ventral side of its abdomen. These are odonate parasites or water mites feeding on them while having a free ride and carry them on their new habitat, a new place for the parasites to propagate. Nature is truly amazing how these little odonate creatures were parasitize with mites. So, Damselflies and dragonflies were not only a good indicator of the ecological integrity but a disperser of these parasitic organism as well.
Location: Samal Island/ Suborder: Zygoptera/ Species: ?