50.8 MB (3.2 MB compressed)
3591 x 4948 pixels
30.5 x 41.9 cm ⏐ 12.0 x 16.5 in (300dpi)
DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Scanning electron micrograph (SEM), tinted orange, of the head of a black garden ant Lasius niger, an infertile female worker. This species lives under flat stones at the edges of lawns & paths, feeding on caterpillars, earwigs, woodlice & other ants. It has a close relationship with Aphis fabae, the broad bean aphid, which it strokes with its antennae to make it discharge a drop of honeydew, additional nourishment for the ant. In return the ant protects the aphid by removing nearby eggs of predators such as ladybirds & lacewings. It is a formicine ant, which means that it squirts a jet of corrosive formic acid at attackers. Magnificat- ion: X 20 at 35mm size. Original is BW print Z345/050.
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