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Ant, SEM. Ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant (family Formicidae)

Ant, SEM. Ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant (family Formicidae)


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Ant, SEM. Ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant (family Formicidae)

Ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant (family Formicidae). One of its compound eyes (red) is seen, as well as two long antennae that are mounted on the head between the eyes. They are used for tasting chemicals to detect food and follow trails left by other ants. Ants are social insects that can form colonies of several million individuals

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Antenna Antennae Compound Eusocial False Colour Formicidae Hymenoptera Hymenopteran Insecta Joint Jointed Joints False Coloured


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This print showcases the intricate details of an ant, captured through a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The vibrant colors bring to life the fascinating world of this tiny creature from the family Formicidae. In this image, we can observe one of its compound eyes in striking red, providing a glimpse into its visual perception. The two long antennae mounted on the ant's head between its eyes are prominently displayed. These delicate sensory organs play a crucial role in detecting chemicals and tasting food, as well as following trails left by other ants. Such abilities allow these social insects to communicate and cooperate effectively within their colonies, which can consist of millions of individuals. As we delve deeper into this photograph, it becomes evident that every single detail has been meticulously preserved. The jointed structure of the ant's body is clearly visible, emphasizing its biological complexity. This SEM image not only serves as a testament to the wonders of nature but also highlights the advancements made in zoology and entomology through cutting-edge technology like scanning electron microscopes. Through this stunning portrayal of an ant's anatomy and behavior, Science Photo Library invites us to appreciate the beauty and diversity found within our natural world – reminding us that even creatures as small as ants possess extraordinary features worth exploring.

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