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I went into the garden today and took this photo of an ant tending to its pets - a colony of black bean aphids (Aphis fabae) also known as 'blackfly'. The aphids secrete a substance called honeydew which ants just love, so the ants protect the aphids from predators, such as the ladybird. The aphids are of course a serious pest to plants, and it's really this behaviour that means ants are considered a pest by gardeners. This is as it appeared in the camera - no cropping.
Posted 12:10am Monday, 3rd July 2006
Camera Model NameNIKON D70
Shooting Date/Time2006:07:02 18:53:59.10
File TypeNEF
Lens50mm reversed lens + 63mm extension tubes + Vivitar 2x Teleconverter + Sigma EM140-DG ring flash
Shutter Speed1/80
FlashAuto, Fired, Return not detected
ISO Speed200
Focal LengthUnknown
ExifTool Version Number5.53
File Size5336KB
File Modification Date/Time2006:07:02 18:54:00
File TypeNEF
Mime Typeapplication/unknown
Camera Model NameNIKON D70
Date/Time Of Last Modification2006:07:02 18:53:59
Jpg From Raw Start131072
Jpg From Raw Length746341
Y Cb Cr PositioningCo-sited
Subfile TypeFull-resolution Image
Image Width3040
Image Height2014
Bits Per Sample12
CompressionNikon NEF Compressed
Photometric InterpretationColor Filter Array
Strip Offsets877656
OrientationRotate 270 CW
Samples Per Pixel1
Rows Per Strip2014
Strip Byte Counts4586211
X Resolution300
Y Resolution300
Planar ConfigurationChunky
Resolution Unitinches
CFA Repeat Pattern Dim2 2
CFA Pattern 22 1 1 0
Reference Black White0 255 0 255 0 255
Shutter Speed1/80
Exposure ProgramManual
Date/Time Of Digitization2006:07:02 18:53:59
Exposure Compensation0
Max Aperture Value1.0
Metering ModeCenter-weighted average
FlashAuto, Fired, Return not detected
Focal LengthUnknown
File System Version2.10
ISO Speed200
White BalanceAuto
Focus ModeManual
Flash SettingNormal
Flash TypeOptional,M
White Balance Fine Tune0
Exposure Difference0.0
Preview Image Start8112
Preview Image Length24557
Flash Exposure Compensation1.0
ISO Setting200
Flash Exposure Bracket Value0.0
Exposure Bracket Value0
Tone CompAuto
Lens TypeMF
Lens0mm f/0 MF
Flash ModeUnknown (7)
AF PointCenter
Shooting ModeSingle-Frame
NEF Curve 1(Binary data 4160 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Color HueMode1a
Light SourceSpeedlight
Hue Adjustment0
Noise ReductionOff
NEF Curve 2(Binary data 1412 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Red Balance2.08203
Blue Balance1.58203
Lens Data Version0101
AF Aperture1.0
Focus Position0
Focus Distance0.01 m
Lens IDUnknown Nikkor or Tokina
Lens F Stops0.00
Min Focal Length5.0mm
Max Focal Length5.0mm
Max Aperture At Min Focal1.0
Max Aperture At Max Focal1.0
MCU Version0
Effective Max Aperture1.0
NEF Thumbnail Size1520 1008
Sensor Pixel Size7.8 x 7.8 um
Serial NumberNo= 20032c6b
Shutter Count7237
Image OptimizationNormal
Vari ProgramUnknown
User CommentUnknown
Sub Sec Time10
Sub Sec Time Original10
Sub Sec Time Digitized10
Sensing MethodOne-chip color area
File SourceDigital Camera
Scene TypeDirectly photographed
Custom RenderedNormal
Exposure ModeManual
Digital Zoom Ratio1
Focal Length In 35mm Format0
Scene Capture TypeStandard
Gain ControlNone
Subject Distance RangeUnknown (0)
Shooting Date/Time2006:07:02 18:53:59.10
TIFF-EP Standard ID1 0 0 0
CFA Pattern[Blue,Green][Green,Red]
Image Size3040x2014
Jpg From Raw(Binary data 746341 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Preview Image(Binary data 24557 bytes, use -b option to extract)
Filed in: [Aphids][Ants]

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