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Up close and personal with an ant

Posted July 13, 2009 6:44 a.m. EDT

Proving that not everything is ready for its closeup, Gigapan brings us a zoomable microsopic image of an ant from Madagascar. From the site:

This ant is from Madagascar, and is named Eutetramorium mocquerysi. The species is notable for having wingless queens that are indistinguishable from workers.

This image is composed of 400 pictures, and it's magnified 400x using a scanning electron microscope. The ant was given to us to image by Brian Fisher ( an entomologist at the California Academy of Sciences.

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