This one took me like 4 hours of total work to get this result.....! Hope it was worth it ;)
128 pictures stacked
Around 7x magnification (microscope lens on bellows & 60D Canon)
Possibly Acromyrmex (THANK you very much Mr.DMX for the Id research !!!) ;)
Acromyrmex species have a hard outer covering called the exoskeleton, or cuticle. It functions as armour, protection against dangerous solar waves, an attachment base for internal muscles, and also prevents water loss. It is divided into three main parts; the head, thorax, and abdomen.
There is also a small segment between the thorax and abdomen called the petiole, which is split into two nodes in Acromyrmex species.
The antenna are the most important sense organs that Acromyrmex species possess and are jointed so that the ant can extend them forward when it wishes to investigate an object. They can retract them back over its head when in a dangerous situation, for example, a fight. Acromyrmex species have eyes but their eyesight is very poor.
Like all insects the eye is "compound", meaning that it is made up of many eyelets called ommatidia, the number of these eyelets varies according to species. In the worker castes male ants tend to have more ommatadia than other castes. The ocelli, which are generally found on top of the heads of queen Acromyrmex, are thought to aid aerial navigation by sunlight.
Acromyrmex are dark red in color. In addition to the standard ant anatomy, the back of the thorax has a series of spines which help them maneuver material such as leaf fragments on their backs.
Acromyrmex can be identified from the closely related Atta genus of leafcutter ants since they have 4 pairs of spines and a rough exoskeleton on the upper surface of the thorax.
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