Incredible images capture a colony of thirsty ants

Incredible images capture a colony of thirsty ants sipping on water droplets as they battle the summer heat in a Russian forest

  • Photographer Irina Kozorog, 43, spent a month visiting the same spot to watch the ants quench their thirst
  • Irina said her passion for photography was sparked ten years ago when her husband gifted her a camera
  • The ant enthusiast, from Moscow, Russia, took the close-up shots of the insects using a macro camera lens

A set of striking snaps has captured a colony of thirsty ants in a Russian forest as they sipped on water droplets.  

Photographer Irina Kozorog, 43, spent a month visiting the same spot every day to watch the ants quench their thirst and show off their extraordinary strength. 

The ant enthusiast, from Moscow, Russia, took the close-up shots using a macro camera lens which captured the incredible insects sipping from the liquid spheres while bathed in a golden light. 

Photographer Irina Kozorog, 43, spent a month visiting the same spot every day to watch the ants quench their thirst and show off their extraordinary strength

The ant enthusiast, from Moscow, Russia, took the close-up shots using a macro camera lens which captured the incredible insects sipping from the liquid spheres

Irina described how her passion for photography was sparked ten years ago when her husband gifted her a camera for her birthday. 

She said:  ‘Ants are absolutely incredible creatures who have very clear responsibilities.They know how to preserve food, and are able to preserve it much longer than humans.

‘The drops of liquid they appear to be holding in the pictures are usually a cocktail of apple juice, honey and water.

A close-up snap captures an ant sipping from a water droplet that has collected on a tiny shoot to quench its thirst 

The mandibles of the ant can be seen as it sips a drop of water in the Russian forest during the summertime 

A pair of ants take a sip from a water droplet. Irina said: ‘I made sure the water drops, and the ants, and the background, and the light all came together’

‘I came to the same place every day to photograph the ants. I made sure the water drops, and the ants, and the background, and the light all came together.

‘My macro camera lens is incredible. It allows you to see and shoot the smallest details, such as the mandibles, to examine in every part of an ant.’

One magical image sees the silhouettes of a pair of ants sipping from a pool of water against a backdrop of a golden hue. 

One ant stretches into a pool of water with his hind legs on the bank to take a sip of water from the mesmerising pool 

A stunning snap of an ant using its antennae to clasp onto a drop of water while using its mandibles to quench its thirst 

Irina also photographed one agile ant stretching down from a ledge into a green pond of water to quench its thirst

Meanwhile another close-up snap captures an ant sipping from a water droplet that has collected on a tiny shoot. 

Irina also photographed one agile ant stretching down from a ledge into a green pond of water to quench its thirst.   

Speaking about her passion for photography, Irina said: ‘My husband gave me a camera for my birthday. I looked around and saw ants on a stump and just decided to start taking pictures of them.

A pair of ants mirror each other beautifully as they suck up the water in the forest while their body is covered in droplets  

A pair of ants search for water in the Russian forest against a stunning orange backdrop in the summertime 

One ant sucks water from the droplet which has collected on a branch. Irina said her passion for photography was sparked when she was gifted a camera from her husband ten years ago 

Irina said: ‘The drops of liquid they appear to be holding in the pictures are usually a cocktail of apple juice, honey and water’

A beautiful shot sees an ant sucking up water from a pool while attempting to cling onto the bank using its hind legs for stability 

A beautiful close-up shot sees an ants using its mandibles to suck from a water droplet. Irina said she became ‘immersed’ in the world of ants 

‘Immediately I plunged headlong into the world of ants. At first, I just wanted to take a beautiful photo of the ants. 

‘But spending hours and days watching them, I learned more and more about them, and became deeply immersed in their lives.

‘Much was incomprehensible and strange – I read a lot about them, talked about them on forums, and studied both photography and ants.’  

A stunning golden snaps shows an ant sucking from a droplet against a mesmerising golden backdrop in the Russian forest 


A golden ants sucks from a water droplet in the Russian forest (left). Meanwhile another ant stretches down (right) to take in the water from a pool during the summer

One magical image sees the silhouettes of a pair of ants sipping from a pool of water against a backdrop of a golden hue

A pair of golden ants appear to lock antennae in the Russian forest. However when ants fight it is usually ends in death 

A delicate ant creates ripples in the pool of water as it sucks the liquid out to quench its thirst. Irina said: ‘Ants are absolutely incredible creatures who have very clear responsibilities’

Tiny but strong 

  • The ant is one of the world’s strongest creatures relative to its size. It can carry up to 50 times its own weight – like a five-year- old carrying a Mini
  • Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica – there are estimated to be a million for every human
  • They don’t have ears but ‘listen’ by feeling vibrations through their feet
  • They have two stomachs – one for their own food and one for food to be shared with other ants
  • When ants fight, it is usually to the death

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