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New ant species discovered with a metal reinforced mouth parts

These predatory ants must have fed on soft bodied animals. When they encounter their prey, their clypeal hairs touch its body. This triggers the sudden closure of mandibles in upward direction. Pointed mandibles now pierce the prey’s body. Using the channels in mandibles, these ants can suck haemolymph (blood) out of the body of prey.

These microscopic animals lives on your face!

Did your ever realise that microscopic mites live on your face and entire body through out the life time? These mites called Demodex live...

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Hitchhiking beetle

Nymphister kronaueri is a tiny beetle that lives among ants. The beetle uses its tiny mandibles to clamp down on its host’s abdomen as the ants move. This makes it look like the ant has two abdomens.

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