False-col SEM of compound eye of black garden ant

False-col SEM of compound eye of black garden ant

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the compound eye of the black garden ant, Lasius niger. This species lives under stones and at the edges of lawns & paths, feeding on earwigs, woodlice, caterpillars & other ants. It has a close relationship with Aphis fabae, the broad bean aphid, which it milks for a drop of honeydew, an additional form of nourishment. In return the ant protects the aphid by removing nearby eggs of predators such as ladybirds & lacewings. The black garden ant is a formicine ant - one that expels a jet of formic acid from its rear as a defence against attackers. Magnification: x115 at 35mm size. Original is BW print z345/055.

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Keywords: animal, black garden ant, compound eye, formicine ant, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, lasius niger, nature, wildlife, zoology

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