Ant antics! Insects show off amazing strength, teamwork

May 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM ET

Ladies and gentlemen! Children of all ages! Welcome to the greatest ant show on Earth!?!

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These photos of red ants, also knows as fire ants, make the little insects look like they are performing a circus act. They balance giant seed pods from a Mimosa tree above their heads and hold onto one other in a diamond formation on a tiny plant.  In an amazing show of strength, they also move into different gravity-defying shapes as they carry their food back to the nest for the rest of their hungry ant pals.

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These ant antics were photographed for Caters News Agency by Eko Adiyanto, 40, who used a special macro technique to get up super close with the insects.


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Eko, from West Java, Indonesia, said: "The ants are so small and to see how much power they have in their tiny bodies is fascinating. There are a lot of insects roaming around near my house and I find it really interesting."

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There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.


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