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Male ants can look very different from the workers and queens! Here's one example from a weird looking, cryptic, springtail eating soil denizen around here.

Strumigenys pergandei
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Male ants can look very different from the workers and queens! Here's one example from a weird looking, cryptic, springtail eating soil denizen around here. Strumigenys pergandei Ithaca, NY, USA.

Named after paper scorer and part time beetle collector Charles Liebeck, these rare & small snail eating Scaphinotus remind me a lot of Sphaeroderus. This appears to be the westernmost record, though the type locality is New Braunfels.

Scaphinotus liebecki
nr Vanderpool, TX, USA @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Named after paper scorer and part time beetle collector Charles Liebeck, these rare & small snail eating Scaphinotus remind me a lot of Sphaeroderus. This appears to be the westernmost record, though the type locality is New Braunfels. Scaphinotus liebecki nr Vanderpool, TX, USA

I had a bit of a mucking-around-in-ditches phase last year, and found a neat crayfish endemic to the gulf coast from LA to east TX around Houston. Not much known about them, but I love how long their little claws get!

Procambarus hinei
Katy Prairie & Houston, TX, USA @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

I had a bit of a mucking-around-in-ditches phase last year, and found a neat crayfish endemic to the gulf coast from LA to east TX around Houston. Not much known about them, but I love how long their little claws get! Procambarus hinei Katy Prairie & Houston, TX, USA

@lovetheants @CorrieMoreau @chloe_jelley @Manu__Ramalho @coreyreese20 I draped the carcass of a cereal box over the flash, and I love it because it folds neatly into my backpack. Needs to be rebuilt/improved though, so ratty it's falling apart on me. 
Doesn't really work for larger things because of intense glare for some reason, but great for ants @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

@lovetheants @CorrieMoreau @chloe_jelley @Manu__Ramalho @coreyreese20 I draped the carcass of a cereal box over the flash, and I love it because it folds neatly into my backpack. Needs to be rebuilt/improved though, so ratty it's falling apart on me. Doesn't really work for larger things because of intense glare for some reason, but great for ants

Wasps from this family are not only very good and very round, but also tend to be hyperparasitoids. Cool!

Euperilampus triangularis
Star Lake, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Wasps from this family are not only very good and very round, but also tend to be hyperparasitoids. Cool! Euperilampus triangularis Star Lake, NY, USA.

Happy late #WorldArepaDay! 
(My girlfriend made these not me...) @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Happy late #WorldArepaDay! (My girlfriend made these not me...)

Ant honeydew farming! Any red-black Formica is a cool Formica.

Formica integra, Publilia concava
near Cortland, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Ant honeydew farming! Any red-black Formica is a cool Formica. Formica integra, Publilia concava near Cortland, NY, USA.

@lovetheants @laowa_lens Yup, my fave gritty workhorse! Pretty fast lens with good APO elements, so it works well for stars! The trick is mastering Deepskystacker and taking a lot of shortish exposures (5s for these, a little long so got a little blurry) and stacking them with noise reduction frames. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

@lovetheants @laowa_lens Yup, my fave gritty workhorse! Pretty fast lens with good APO elements, so it works well for stars! The trick is mastering Deepskystacker and taking a lot of shortish exposures (5s for these, a little long so got a little blurry) and stacking them with noise reduction frames.

Little stack of the Andromeda Galaxy from the Adirondacks! Laowa 100mm macro pulling weight! @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Little stack of the Andromeda Galaxy from the Adirondacks! Laowa 100mm macro pulling weight!

Been trying to inject some color into the background of my photos by using high ISOs and lower flash power. How am I doing? @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Been trying to inject some color into the background of my photos by using high ISOs and lower flash power. How am I doing?

Ants love tending eriosomatine aphids for food, but I've never gotten such a clean photo of them feeding on roots before!

Lasius aphidicola
McLean, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Ants love tending eriosomatine aphids for food, but I've never gotten such a clean photo of them feeding on roots before! Lasius aphidicola McLean, NY, USA.

Some more shots of the dead millipedes, which had all died on the top side of logs. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Some more shots of the dead millipedes, which had all died on the top side of logs.

This entomopathogen causes a climbing response, like a millipede version of ant Cordyceps. First noticed over a century ago (1886), this fungus was only formally described in 2017 by scientists at Cornell!

Rudiloria trimaculata (host), Arthrophaga myriapodina
McLean, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

This entomopathogen causes a climbing response, like a millipede version of ant Cordyceps. First noticed over a century ago (1886), this fungus was only formally described in 2017 by scientists at Cornell! Rudiloria trimaculata (host), Arthrophaga myriapodina McLean, NY, USA.

A mystery present under the same log... i love collecting on a college campus @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A mystery present under the same log... i love collecting on a college campus

A very small and very lovely ant woodlouse! This European species lives closely with ants inside their colonies.

Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii, w/ host C. pennsylvanicus 
Ithaca, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A very small and very lovely ant woodlouse! This European species lives closely with ants inside their colonies. Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii, w/ host C. pennsylvanicus Ithaca, NY, USA.

Here's a stack I got last night of Messier 24, Swan, & Eagle Nebulae (bottom to top). B92 and B93 dark nebulae also clearly visible, within M24.

Hartung-Boothroyd Obs, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Here's a stack I got last night of Messier 24, Swan, & Eagle Nebulae (bottom to top). B92 and B93 dark nebulae also clearly visible, within M24. Hartung-Boothroyd Obs, NY, USA.

Loving this photo of our UV sheets earlier this summer. The collecting was not too great here, but it sure was scenic!

Palisades Canyon, El Paso, TX, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Loving this photo of our UV sheets earlier this summer. The collecting was not too great here, but it sure was scenic! Palisades Canyon, El Paso, TX, USA.

One of the most common Camponotus of southern TX is a northern dark headed color form of the tropical C. atriceps. Very similar to C. floridanus in appearance and temperament, but seldom collected in comparison.

Camponotus atriceps
Arroyo City, TX, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

One of the most common Camponotus of southern TX is a northern dark headed color form of the tropical C. atriceps. Very similar to C. floridanus in appearance and temperament, but seldom collected in comparison. Camponotus atriceps Arroyo City, TX, USA.

RIFA may be invasive, but fire ants have been forever for the southern states. Here's a native species that has been displaced from the southeast, but is still common in the arid west.

Solenopsis xyloni
'Burbs of El Paso, TX, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

RIFA may be invasive, but fire ants have been forever for the southern states. Here's a native species that has been displaced from the southeast, but is still common in the arid west. Solenopsis xyloni 'Burbs of El Paso, TX, USA.

A couple fireflies dance along the Arroyo Colorado. Wish I'd shot for longer, but not bad for leaning against a wood fence!

Harlingen, TX, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A couple fireflies dance along the Arroyo Colorado. Wish I'd shot for longer, but not bad for leaning against a wood fence! Harlingen, TX, USA.

A bit choppy from cars coming by and blowing the sky out, but here's 17 minutes of the milky way moving!

Via lactea
Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

A bit choppy from cars coming by and blowing the sky out, but here's 17 minutes of the milky way moving! Via lactea Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, NY, USA.

Last night at Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, NY, USA. @stressiptera Steven Wang Videos and pictures

Last night at Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory, NY, USA.