Scientist played with ants that have translucent bellies

Posted on Aug 8 2011 - 11:44am by Julius

Here’s something they did not teach us in school. Did you know that a certain species of ants have translucent abdomens? Not only are these ants transparent, but they can also be fed with colorful liquid to make them look cool with colored bellies.

Dr. Mohamed Babu of India set up photographs of these cool ants after his wife showed him that some of them turned white after drinking milk. He then gave these little creatures brightly colored drops of sugar and watched as their bellies’ color match the food they had eaten.

Some of these ants even jumped from one color to another, making new color combinations in their bodies.

The 53 year old Dr. Babu discovered that these ants preferred lighter colored sugar drops, such as green and yellow. “The idea for the photograph came to me after my wife showed me some ants that turned white sipping the spilled milk drops on our kitchen counter,” he said. “I shot the photo in my garden to take advantage of the natural lighting and set a paraffin sheet with colored sugar drops near some ants.”

After losing the chance to capture a photo of the ants, he repeated the experiment the next day. He said that he added blue and darker green sugar drops, but unfortunately, there were no takers. The ants only went to eat these colours once the yellow drops ran out.

“So I put larger drops of yellow and green, and smaller red and blue, to get maximum saturation around all the colours,” he added.

The exact details of Dr. Babu’s experiment are still unknown, but it would be pretty cool to see colorful ants walking around your garden.

 

via: Geeky Gadgets

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