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The World’s Largest Ants…

…are queens in the African driver ant genus Dorylus, captured on video here: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXkEpqoM6oA]

A wasp in intricate detail…

Here are some shots from my training session this morning at the Beckman Institute‘s Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).  I haven’t used SEM for years- wow!  Great fun.  Click on each image to enlarge.

How to Identify Queen Ants

Atta texana queen and worker Ant queens are those individuals in a nest that lay the eggs.  They’re pretty important, of course, as without reproduction the colony dwindles and disappears. Understandably, ant-keepers have an interest in making sure their pet colonies have queens.  Conversely, pest control folks trying to get rid of ant colonies need…