Ant Holding a Micromechanical Gear : 2006

Photograph by

Manfred P Kage

About this image

Coloured scanning electron micrograph of a Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) holding a gear from a micromechanical device. The gear was made by shining a laser into a chemical film, solidifying the polymer so that it can be recovered by washing away the excess chemicals. The gear is about 0.1mm wide. The image was created in monochrome then later digitally colourised. KAGE Mikrofotografie, Institute of Scientific Photography, Lauterstein, Germany