Everyone, these are trap-jaw ants. The two featured here are fighting. Watch them closely – even in slow motion, the the spring-loaded snap of a trap-jaw's maw is powerful enough to send both ants twirling in opposite directions in the blink of an eye.
Seriously. It's not. And no, it's not an image of an ant, either. In fact, the creature you see pictured up top isn't even an insect. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: count the legs.
If you mess with even a single ant, you're entering a world of trouble. Ants memorize the smell of their enemies, and even just a handful of attacked ants will pass on this knowledge to the rest of the colony.
The beauty of microphotography is seeing the universe in an incredibly small space. There are strange creatures and startling vistas — like this 20x portrait of green lacewig larva, taken by Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology.
The ant species Leptothorax acervorum is found throughout the Northern hemisphere. While many populations have multiple queens, a few have only one queen that reproduces. And in those societies, queens and workers alike viciously fight for ant dominance.
What you're looking at is not only the winner of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council photo competition, it's also the moment when humans became fearful of the mighty weightlifting ant race.
I thought it was a new image from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Then I zoomed out and screamed, running in circles like a headless chicken. It's not an image from the Moon. It's just something gross.
It may look gross, but this cup and saucer set is not covered with ants.