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2019.05.26 08:14

 

Its Atlas ant! Weightlifting insect carries fruit on its head in Greek God style show of strength An incredible set of photographs capture the impressive strength of ants as they balance fruit on their heads They were taken by Eko Adiyanto, who uses macro photography to show the beauty of insects such as ants What makes these close-up images all the more remarkable is that weaver ants weigh just 5mg

Hows this for super-human antics – these eye-catching photos show the immense strength of a weaver ant in Indonesia, balancing and carrying fruit on its teeny-tiny head.

And while its not holding up a celestial globe, the powerful ant is clearly the insect version of Atlas, one of the strongest and most powerful of all Titans in Greek mythology. 

The stunning images were taken by Eko Adiyanto, who captured the super-strong ants with his macro photography equipment, while the insects were at work in his garden in West Java.

What makes them all the more remarkable is that the weaver ant weighs around 5mg. 

 

Amazing balancing act: this ant carefully balances a hollow fruit on its feelers, giving the impression that it is lifting a great weight in the photographers garden in West Java, Indonesia

 

This incredible ant shows he packs a whole load of muscle by lifting fruit above his head - just like Greek God, Atlas

 

Looking like a work of art, these ants show both their strength and their ability to work together

 

Photographer Eko Adiyanto, who captured the stunning snaps in his garden, said I am very lucky to have the images

Adiyanto said: The pictures show us how strong the ants are and how good their team work is.

These ants are small animals but have enormous strength and are able to work together. I am very lucky to have the images.

Nature’s tiny titans: Ant facts and figures 
Ants can carry up to 100 times their weight because their muscles are thicker relative to their body size than those of larger animals If humans were as strong, we could lift 4.5 tons above our heads – equal to three cars 24million ants would be needed to lift a 12-ton double decker bus Ants have been on the planet for 130million years (primitive humans first evolved around two million years ago) The combined weight of all the ants on Earth – ten thousand trillion – is roughly the same as all seven billion humans They are found all over the world, except in Antarctica, Greenland and a few remote islands Soldier ants have large heads packed with muscle while queen ants, forced to lay enough eggs to ensure the colony survives, have a larger abdomen Ants mate in the air as well as on the ground. The male dies within a day or two, while the queen can mate with many more partners An ant has two stomachs, one to digest its own food and the second to store food for others, but no lungs, with oxygen entering its body through tiny holes Ants are edible, with some tasting spicy because of the formic acid they produce A crushed ant emits an ‘alarm’ scent that sends nearby ants into an attacking frenzy While some ants live for weeks, queens can live for up to 30 years

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