Ant with Celandine seed, LM

Ant with Celandine seed, LM

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Caption: Light micrograph of a seed grain of Chelidonium majus, Greater Celandine, carried by a black garden ant, Lasius niger. The seeds have a white, juicy appendage on the lower part of the brownish seed grain, elaiosome, which ants like to eat, and the seeds are dragged along to new habitats as the ants enjoy their meal. Microscopic contrast technique : Incident lighting. Magnification 30x when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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