While exploring the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, I came upon an intriguing sight – ants constructing a unique tower-like mound that resembled a donut with sprinkles when viewed from above. The intricate pattern of the tiny ants constructing this mound was fascinating to observe and photograph.

Ants Building Tower
Ants Building Tower
Ant Tower
Ant Tower

Ants are known for building various types of mounds, depending on their species and environment. These mounds serve as their homes, providing shelter and storage for their food. Some species of ants create large, complex mounds, while others build smaller, simpler ones. The type of material used to build the mounds can also vary, from soil to leaves and other organic materials.

The tiny ant mounds I encountered on a country road in Arkansas were unlike any I had seen before. This unique mound, resembling a tower, was approximately one inch tall. It was fascinating to observe the ants constructing their home and to capture this incredible sight through my camera lens.

The Ouachita National Forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including various species of ants. These tiny insects play a vital role in maintaining the ecosystem, including pollination, soil aeration, and pest control. Witnessing their intricate and complex behavior, such as constructing a unique ant mound, is a testament to the remarkable world of wildlife.

These tiny ants were on a country road here in Arkansas near the Ouachita National Forest. I photographed the ant mound from above and from the side while hand-holding my camera and lens.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro)


  • Location: Ouachita Mountains (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: September 4, 2020 (2:55:52 P.M.)
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f8.0
  • Shutter speed: 1/640 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.33
  • Focal Length: 400 mm

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