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Bear trap ant, SEM

Bear trap ant, SEM

Z345/0541

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5100 x 3466 pixels

43.2 x 29.5 cm ⏐ 17.0 x 11.6 in (300dpi)

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THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Bear trap ant. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a bear trap ant (Odontomachus sp.) on the surface of a leaf. The compound eyes (blue) are at either side of the head. The jointed antennae protrude from the centre of the head behind the mouthparts. The antennae are used for touch and smell. The jaws (mandibles) protrude to the left and right from the front of the head. The jaws are specialised to trap prey quickly, and they have serrated edges to gain a good grip. Ants have three pairs of legs. Ants are related to bees and wasps. They are social insects and form large colonies. Magnification unknown.

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