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The unlucky ant trapped in a raindrop grave

Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011 by

This extraordinary image shows an ant trapped in a tiny perfect sphere of water, totally unable to escape, after being caught in a sudden heavy downpour.

The unlucky animal found itself literally caught in the rain after it decided to take a stroll outside in Noosaville, Queensland, Australia.

Photographer Adam Gormley, 34, was there at exactly the right moment to to snap the incredible image. He said: ‘I had been using specialist close-up camera gear to snap spiders in his neighbour’s garden.

‘I wasn’t having much luck because of a short but heavy shower of rain. So I decided to photograph the little water drops sitting on the leaves of the plants.

Adam had no idea there was an ant in one of the three millimetre droplets until he viewed the images later on his computer.

He added: ‘I thought it was some dirt inside the drop, and it was not my main focus, I liked the way the drop was sitting on the aloe-vera leaf, with the tiny hairs.

‘When I uploaded the shot to my PC, I viewed it large, and I think I shouted out loud in excitement when I realised what I’d captured by accident!’

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