Ants Making Donuts With Sprinkles

By | September 10, 2020

I came across ants building a tower (mound) and when you look down from the top, it looks like a donut with sprinkles.

This ant mound got my attention because I have never seen mounds like this one. You can see in the side view photo that this ant mound looks more like a tower. It was about 1 inch tall.

Ants Building Tower
Ants Building Tower
Ant Tower
Ant Tower

How I Got The Shot: Ants Making Donuts With Sprinkles

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
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Multi
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.33
  • Focal Length: 400 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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