Ants belong to the social Hymenoptera, as some bees and wasps, and all ant species show eusocial behavior. Social insects can constitute up to 75% of a habitat’s biomass and ants are an important factor for the entire terrestrial environment as e.g. they ensure the soil quality and assist to obtain the ecological balance.
The distinct social behavior and the extraordinary life cycle of ants make them an ideal study organism. Ant colonies and their sophisticated network of single individuals are well suited for examinations associated with reproduction and colony ﬁtness. Additionally the caste system with a reproductive queen and non-reproductive workers makes ants an ideal role model to study the evolution of helpers in social societies.
During my scientific work with Cardiocondyla obscurior and Temnothorax crassispinus ants I discovered my passion for macro photography. Please see my ever-expanding photo section.