Image from a horror movie? Nope. That’s the very real face of an ant.
Now you have to think about that all night. pic.twitter.com/HOWLTlnfJ1
— Rebekah McKendry, PhD (@RebekahMcKendry) October 17, 2022
Last week in the Nikon Small World competition, one image tucked down into the “images of distinction” gallery went viral, possibly because Halloween is near, and everyone has been watching too many horror films. It was the face of an ant, taken by Lithuanian nature photographer Dr. Eugenijus Kavaliauskas.
Look at those red eyes with slit pupils! Those devil horns! Those sharp snaggly teeth! Sure, that’s a face that you wouldn’t want to see emerging from the dark, but you wouldn’t see it at all, even in broad daylight. It’s just too small. Yes, it would make a great model for a movie monster. Still, cooler heads had to come in and explain what we are seeing.
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for those confused, these red, circular things are not its eyes, they’re not on the photo, those are their antennal fossa, heres a picture where the eyes appear https://t.co/WBMfxJZMTGpic.twitter.com/uxU3Yf40gR
— Manuke (@ManukePoker) October 18, 2022
Oh yeah, that helps. So the top image is just the ant’s nose, and his eyes are out of the frame. The ant’s mandible looks like a chin. It just goes to show that when your nose alone looks like a demon, the rest of your face either doesn’t matter or… it might be worse. -via Digg