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 an unidentified ant (family Formicidae). One of its compound eyes (red) is seen on its head. Two long antennae (tipped in pink) are on the head between the eyes. Mandibles and sensory palps form its mouthparts. Ants are social insects that can form colonies of several million individuals. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomy, animal, ant, antenna, antennae, coloured, formicidae, head, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, joint, jointed, jointed legs, joints, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, thorax, wildlife, zoology

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