|Images of Africa|
|by John Walker|
You can hardly expect a Fourmilab expedition to come back without any pictures of ants! Here is a column of black ants, each almost a centimetre in length, extending from their colony (invisible in the brush) to the carcass of an animal (out of the frame to the left) they were scavenging. This photo was taken by night, illuminated by the spotter's light. The carcass the ants were stripping was insufficiently illuminated to photograph and indistinguishable in any case, probably already worked over by vultures and hyenas before the arthropodal clean-up crew arrived on the scene.