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Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Ghost ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum). Tapinoma melanocephalum is known as the ghost ant in the family Formicidae. This ant is very fast moving and usually lives in the ground or trees. It can become a house pest. It feeds mostly on sweets, but also on grease and protein. The ghost ant cannot adapt to colder climates and are only confined to greenhouses and buildings that provide warm conditions that allows the species to thrive. Magnification: x10 when shortest axis printed at 25 millimetres.
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