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Fire ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fire ant, Solenopsis sp.. The ant's head with its two antennae and eyes (green) is at centre left. Behind are its three pairs of legs. This predatory insect gets its common name from the painful sting it can inflict on people who disturb its nest. The ant uses venom to kill its prey, and a swarm of them is capable of killing small vertebrates. They build large nests which can disrupt mechanized agriculture in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Magnification: x30 at 6x7cm size.
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