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Bean Aphid Gallery

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Choose from 19 pictures in our Bean Aphid collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. Popular choices include Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Posters and Jigsaw Puzzles. All professionally made for quick delivery.


False-col SEM of the head of a black garden ant Featured Bean Aphid Print

False-col SEM of the head of a black garden ant

False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a black garden ant Lasius niger, an infertile female worker. This species lives under stones at the edges of lawns & paths, feeding on caterpillars, earwigs, woodlice & other ants. It has a close relationship with Aphis fabae, the broad bean aphid, which it strokes with its antennae to make it discharge a drop of honeydew, additional nourishment for the ant. In return, the ant protects the aphid by removing nearby eggs of predators such as ladybirds & lacewings. It is a formicine ant, which means that it squirts a jet of corrosive formic acid at attackers. Magnificat- ion: x20 at 35mm size, x35 at 6x4.5cm size. This is full-colour version. BW version is Z345/050

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