SEM of the head of a velvety tree ant

SEM of the head of a velvety tree ant

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Credit: DAVID SCHARF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the head and thorax of a velvety tree ant, Liometopum occidental, showing the two segemented antennae (top, left & right), the left compound eye, the mandibles (mouthparts) and the three pairs of legs. The velvety tree ant is common in California and the western states of the US. It lives in cracks in tree bark and feeds on insects and honeydew. Magnification:x40 at 6x4.5 cm, x50 at 6x7cm, x40 at 6x6cm size.

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Keywords: animal, ant, entomology, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, liometopum occidental, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, velvety tree, velvety tree ant, wildlife, zoology

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