Ant carrying aphid egg. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a common garden ant (Lasius niger) carrying an aphid egg in its mouthparts. Several sensory and manipulative mouthparts are seen below its mandibles (jaws). The antennae are seen either side of the head, and one of the compound eyes (red) is at upper left. This is one of several species of ants that have a symbiotic relationship with aphids. The ants care for and protect the aphids and their eggs, getting in return a sweet secretion called honeydew, produced by the aphids. Magnification: x35 when printed 10 centimetres wide.
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