Ant Zoom Gallery
By Dr. Biology
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- Common name: a name used to describe a plant and animal by a local community. Many plants and animals have several common names, but only one scientific name. Example, Leaf-Cutter ant is one of the common names for Acromyrmex versicolor.
- Scientific name: the Latin name used by scientists around the world to describe a particular plant or animal. Scientific names have two parts. The first part describes the genus, or group of related species. The second part describes the specific species. Example: Acromyrmex versicolor is the scientific name for the leafcutter ant. There is only one scientific name for each plant or animal and scientific names are always italicized.
Get really up-close to ants
Now is the time to check out these amazing animals from the safety of your own computer. Click on any of the ant images in the gallery below and use the zoom tool to explore the amazing animals. Once you take a closer look you are sure to agree that you would not want to be a tiny tasty morsel standing around these girls. Yes all these are worker ants and so they are females. We also have a companion story about ants that you might like to check out.
These are just a few of the strangest-looking ants that can be found all over the world, photographed by ant scientist Alex Wild. If you think these are cool, see more of Alex's photos and learn more about these ants at Myrmecos.net.