Sunday, 21 February 2010

Winning Ant

Forget the fictional Jaws. This is the real thing. Dr Thomas Endlein of Cambridge University took this photo of an Asian weaver ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) holding a 500mg weight (0.02oz) in its mandibles. That is more than 100 times the weight of the ant! Dr Endlein took this shot while researching the adhesive quality of the ant's sticky little feet. It won him the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science photo competition, which rewards creative flair to the tune of £700 in photographic vouchers. Well done, that boffin. Well done, the ant too.


At 22/2/10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminded me of an Anthony Newley ATV programme - "The Strange World of Gurney Slade" 1960. One of his observations was that an ant can carry a load in its jaws equivalent to a grand piano for a human. YouTube remembers some episodes

At 22/2/10, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Oh, talk about blast from the past! The Strange World of Gurney Slade, starring Anthony Newley. Thanks for the link. Will this 1960's show stand the test of time?


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