DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
False colour scanning electron micrograph of the black garden ant, Lasius niger. The species lives under flat garden stones, & feeds 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 the aphid emit a drop of honeydew, nourishment for the ant. In return, the ant protects the aphid by removing 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. The specimen is an infertile female worker. Magnification: x20 at 6x45cm size.
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