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August 7, 2011

Tasting the rainbow: Ants Whose Multi-coloured Abdomens Show Exactly What They’ve Been Eating

by Accidental Bear

Although your belly may show case  half eaten Jelly Bellies, chicken strips and pepperoni pizza these ants are attracted to color, sugar drops. The ants seemed to prefer lighter colours such as greens and yellow to darker blues. Read on what www.dailymail.co.uk has found out about these crunchy critters.

 A good palette: Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their stomachs

The saying ‘you are what you eat’ is true for these insects as stunning pictures show their abdomens changing colour as they sip on sugar drops. Father of three Mohamed Babu set up the photographs after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk. He gave the creatures the brightly coloured sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating. A good palette: Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their stomachs.

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