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Tasting the rainbow: The ants whose multi-coloured abdomens show exactly what…

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Mohamed Babu, 53, a scientist from Mysore, in South India, set up these stunning photographs after his wife, spotted ants turned white after drinking milk.
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Mary King-Evans
Mary King-Evans • 1 year ago

The saying 'you are what you eat' is true for these insects as stunning pictures show their abdomens changing colour as they sip on sugar drops.

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Woah! Thats amazing! There are so many bugs there! That's really cool! :D

Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India captured beautiful photos of these translucent ants eating a specially colored liquid sugar. Some of the ants would even move between the food resulting in new color combinations in their stomachs.

Pictures of the day: 5 August 2011 It's easy to see which ants have been sipping which coloured sugar water drops thanks to their transparent abdomens. Father of three Mohamed Babu set up these photographs after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants that had turned white after sipping on some spilt milk. Dr Babu mixed sugar water with edible colours red, green, blue and yellow and placed them in his garden to attract the insects. He discovered the ants preferred lighter colours such as yell...

Indian photographer and scientist Mohamed Babu captured this image of ants eating colorful drops of sugar. Their abdomens are transparent so the colored sugar is visible.

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Russian photographer andrey pavlov has developed the macro-photographic series ‘ant tales’. picture ants captured in moments of spontaneous or choreographed play. many images picture the bugs using props pavlov has crafted from raw materials from the region such as berries or nut shells. each photo is taken at especially close range by the artist, documenting his insect neighbors near his rural home in their natural environment.