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.
Dr Babu, from Mysore, in South India said: ‘As the ant’s abdomen is semi-transparent, the ants gain the colours as they sip the liquid.
‘The secret is the paraffin base, which prevents the drops collapsing when the ants touch them.
‘I really toiled to get a photo. The crowd always used to become unmanageable within a few minutes and while I managed my camera with my right hand, my left hand was busy removing the extra ants.
‘Once I lost the chance, I could only repeat it the next day.’ he explained.
‘Curiously, the ants preferred light colours, yellow and green.
‘The darker green and blue drops had no takers, till there was no space around the preferred yellow and green drops.
‘So I put larger drops of yellow and green, and smaller red and blue, to get maximum saturation around all the colours.’