Ant sting, ESEM

Ant sting, ESEM

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Caption: Ant sting, coloured environmental scanning electron micrograph (ESEM). An ant's sting, which is retractable, is mounted on the tip of its final body segment, the gaster. The sting injects a poison, which usually contains formic acid. The ant's sting is not barbed and can be retracted and used again. Ants use their stings, in conjunction with bites from their mandibles, to defend their colony from predators and to paralyse their prey. Ants are social insects that live in colonies that can contain millions of individuals. They are found worldwide in a diverse range of habitats.

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Keywords: anatomical, animal, ant, biological, biology, close-up, colored, coloured, detail, entomological, entomology, environmental scanning electron micrograph, esem, false-colored, false-coloured, fauna, gaster, hair, hairs, insect, insect anatomy, nature, poison, scanning electron micrograph, scanning electron microscope, sem, seta, setae, spike, sting, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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