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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    Beautiful work @Uniqwon. Clearly, you figured out how to mount “live’ ants under a foldscope. Congratulations.

    The beating is most likely the result of the ant beating heart. It depends on where you were imaging; but it seems rhythmic – so both heart and peristalsis in the gut tissue are possibility.

    Here are a few resources for ant anatomy; I was disappointed to that I could not find openly available resources on ant internal anatomy. Clearly, we all need to fix the same.
    If you have access to this EO Wilson Book; it might be a valuable flip through:

    A challenge for your next imaging; can you find the Dufour’s Gland 🙂


  2. uniqwon says:

    Dear Mr. Prakash,

    Thanks for the swift reply. My biology teacher said it’s not a heart. So I thought I’ll put it here to clarify this. 

    Mounting the slide was easy. The PVC slides did the trick. I used the rectangle well slide in this case.

    Location of organ is not precise, but it’s in the top-right corner of the abdomen section. Will search further and find out what it is. Will definitely let you know when I find out.

    I accept your challenge. I will give it a try when my CBSE board exams end and I get the chance to get my hands on another ant!


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