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



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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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Media ID 6461524

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Black Garden Ant Insecta Lasius Niger Milker


20"x16" (+3" Border) Fine Art Print

Discover the intricacies of the natural world with Media Storehouse's Fine Art Prints. This captivating False-colour Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a black garden ant's head reveals a hidden universe of detail. Witness the complex textures and structures of this infertile female worker ant's exoskeleton in vibrant colours, bringing the microscopic world to life. A stunning addition to any home or office, our Fine Art Prints are printed on premium quality paper and come with a certificate of authenticity. Explore the beauty of science with Media Storehouse.

20x16 image printed on 26x22 Fine Art Rag Paper with 3" (76mm) white border. Our Fine Art Prints are printed on 300gsm 100% acid free, PH neutral paper with archival properties. This printing method is used by museums and art collections to exhibit photographs and art reproductions.

Our fine art prints are high-quality prints made using a paper called Photo Rag. This 100% cotton rag fibre paper is known for its exceptional image sharpness, rich colors, and high level of detail, making it a popular choice for professional photographers and artists. Photo rag paper is our clear recommendation for a fine art paper print. If you can afford to spend more on a higher quality paper, then Photo Rag is our clear recommendation for a fine art paper print.

Estimated Image Size (if not cropped) is 40.6cm x 50.8cm (16" x 20")

Estimated Product Size is 55.9cm x 66cm (22" x 26")

These are individually made so all sizes are approximate

Artwork printed orientated as per the preview above, with portrait (vertical) orientation to match the source image.


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print showcases the intricate details of a black garden ant's head, captured through false-colour scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The subject of this image is an infertile female worker from the species Lasius niger, commonly found residing under stones at the periphery of lawns and paths. These resourceful ants sustain themselves by preying on caterpillars, earwigs, woodlice, and even other ants. What makes this ant particularly fascinating is its symbiotic relationship with Aphis fabae, also known as the broad bean aphid. By delicately stroking the aphid with its antennae, the ant prompts it to release a droplet of honeydew – an additional source of nourishment for itself. In return for this sweet reward, the diligent ant safeguards its aphid companion by eliminating nearby eggs belonging to predators like ladybirds and lacewings. Belonging to the formicine ant family, this remarkable creature possesses a unique defense mechanism: when threatened by attackers, it squirts a potent jet of corrosive formic acid. This SEM image magnifies these astonishing features twenty times at 35mm size or thirty-five times at 6x4.5cm size. Displayed in full color in this particular version - though available in black and white as well - this photograph offers viewers an extraordinary glimpse into nature's intricacies. With elements encompassing nature photography, zoology research, wild life studies and insect behavior analysis; Science Photo Library has

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