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Post of the day #32

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.

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.’

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It was cold…

Jake the painter

I was glad that I went to Saver’s and got a long sleeve shirt after today. Painting was cold! There was a good breeze today and the temperature was in the 50’s. The nice thing about a long sleeve shirt is you don’t end up being so covered in paint when you’re done. Just Jake and I went painting today, the others had some laundry to do. Jake and I moved the scaffolding and the hay wagon all by ourselves and maneuvered it into another place at the barn. The sunshine came off and on, so we did have relief.

Over all it was another fun day, and we got a lot of painting done!

 
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