Sunday, August 26, 2012

You are what you eat: The ants abdomens show exactly the color of what they've been eating

Scientist Dr. Mohamed Babu from Mysore captured some stunning pictures of ants sipping on coloured-sugar drops and the ants' semi-transparent abdomens changing colour. The saying 'you are what you eat' is true for these insects. Mohamed Babu set up the photographs after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk. He gave the creatures the brightly coloured sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating. By placing them on a paraffin base the drops kept their shape when touched by the ants. Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies. The 53-year-old discovered the ants preferred lighter colours such as yellow and green.

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