Head of hairy desert-field ant

Head of hairy desert-field ant

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Caption: False colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a hairy desert-field ant Formica pilicornis, with part of the thorax (right) and front legs (bottom) also visible. Structures of the head seen include the two compound eyes (on top of head) and between them two segemented antennae. The mandibles (mouthparts) are used as all-purpose tools and weapons. Ants live in comm- unities of up to over a million members; under a social system that demands great collaborationsfrom its members. An example is the exchange of of food from older foraging worker ants to younger workers who look after larvae and reproductive ants. Magnification: X12 at 35mm size original is bw print z345/117.

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Keywords: animal, ant, formica pilicornis, hairy desert field ant, hairy desert-field, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, wildlife, zoology

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