60.0 MB (2.7 MB compressed)
5614 x 3738 pixels
47.5 x 31.8 cm ⏐ 18.7 x 12.5 in (300dpi)
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Ant and microchip. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a wood or heathland ant, Formica fusca, holding a microchip. The round compound eyes are seen above the long antennae. The mouthparts consist of toothed (serrated) mandibles which are holding a microchip. Microchips are used in computers and carry complex microscopic circuits printed onto thin wafers of silicon. The wood ant is social, and acts as a slave for the blood-red ant Formica sanguinea. Inseminated females of the blood-red ant invade wood ant nests, steal the pupae, and the ants that hatch are made to work for the strange queen. Magnification: x10 at 5x7cm size. Magnification: x22 at 6x4.5 inch size.
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