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This close-up image of an ant's face is sure to give you nightmares

By T.K. Randall
October 24, 2022 · Comment icon 17 comments

This is what ants actually look like... Image Credit: Twitter / Nikon / Dr Eugenijus Kavaliauskas
No, this isn't an image of a monster from a fantasy movie... it's a creature that you might find in your own garden.
Captured on camera by Lithuanian photographer Dr Eugenijus Kavaliauskas, this ferocious-looking creature is actually a close-up shot of a common ant taken under a microscope at five times magnification.

The image quickly went viral after it was recognized as one of 57 "images of distinction" by Nikon's Small World Photomicrography Competition.

"At the intersection of art and science, this year's competition highlights stunning imagery from scientists, artists, and photomicrographers of all experience levels and backgrounds from across the globe," said Nikon's Communications and CRM Manager Eric Flem.

Dr Kavaliauskas actually caught the ant himself in a forest near to his home in Lithuania.
"I'm always looking for details, shadows, and unseen corners," he told Insider.

"The main goal of photography is to be a discoverer. I am fascinated by the Creator's masterpieces and the opportunity to see God's designs."

"When I first started with microphotography, I, too, thought all beetles looked a little like monsters."

"But now, I've gotten used to it, and am surprised that there are so many interesting, beautiful, and unknown miracles under our feet."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Bendy Demon 2 years ago
...Since when do ants have teeth?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
Looks sinister!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Why do spiders freak you out?    I love spiders (except black widows and brown recluse).   Do they have really poisonous spiders in Florida?   I know if I lived in Australia spiders would freak me out, along with snakes and other things that I like here.  Everything there seems to bent on killing humans.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by clockworkgirl21 2 years ago
Something about their heads, their beady eyes, their fangs, their swollen abdomens, etc. just makes me heave a big shudder every time. Even if they aren't really dangerous. Florida does have some dangerous spiders but nothing like Australia has.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
When I was a kid we had a tarantula as a pet, we also had snakes that were in the basement to get the rodent issues under control.  We used to play with the snakes, even though they were not supposed to be pets.   My dad used to see all kinds of animals on the road and stop and pick them up, not rattle snakes, but turtles, snakes, big lizards, etc.   
Comment icon #13 Posted by thedutchiedutch 2 years ago
Is it just me or does it look a bit photo shopped to make it appear creepier 
Comment icon #14 Posted by MissJatti 1 year ago
I guess we are use to the face of an red ant
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin 1 year ago
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw 1 year ago
I've seen worse.
Comment icon #17 Posted by and-then 1 year ago
Hmmm... somehow, I feel less guilty about stepping on them now...

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