Ant head, SEM

Ant head, SEM

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Credit: SUSUMU NISHINAGA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ant head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of an unidentified ant (family Formicidae). The ant sees using compound eyes (centre, orange) that produce a mosaic image. It senses movement and taste using a pair of antennae mounted on the head (upper right & lower left). The ant's mouthparts (lower centre) consist of leg-like structures known as palps (not seen) and serrated mandibles that deliver powerful cutting bites. The ant is a social insect that can form colonies of several millions. Magnification: x38 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, ant, antenna, antennae, coloured, compound eyes, eye, formicidae, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mandible, mandibles, mouth, mouthpart, mouthparts, nature, organ, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sensory organs, wildlife, zoology

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