Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You are what you eat

I don't know what kind of ants these are, but they have transparent abdomens and are found in India--and the photos are so cool, I just have to share:

These were photographed by Dr. Mohamed Babu after his wife noticed the white abdomens of the ants that sipped spilled milk in their kitchen.

Dr Babu set colored sugar water on paraffin in his garden (see the trees reflected in the droplets?). The paraffin allowed the drops to keep their shape as the ants partook.

Some of the ants wandered from drop to drop, creating different colors within their bodies.
Dr Babu found that the ants preferred yellow and green. I'd go for red, myself. 

You can read more about Dr. Babu's efforts in the Daily Mail Online, or check out a sonnet about the ants (which tipped me off to this story) at Suppertime Sonnets.


  1. Absolutely beautiful. And I have one more thing to be thankful for: an opaque belly. 

  2. Murr, you are a woman who knows how to count her blessings.

  3. Next, Ralph Lauren designer ant farms with color co-ordinated sugar water - $30 an ounce.

    Or maybe you could put them on tiny leashes and make live jewelry of them.

  4. Gorgeous! Shows what close observation can discover.

  5. Great post! Really insightful. I have not monetized by blog in any way, I didn’t even know where to begin. but you’ve given some helpful tips.