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Porcelain pieces that are infested with hand-painted ants by artistLa Philie

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German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie decided to combine the elegance of vintage porcelain with the grossness of a horde of ants in a series she calls Chitins Gloss. Various dining pieces such as plates, tea cups, and jugs are all crawling with ants, as if your kitchen is having some sort of ant-infestation.

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Comes at just the right time, since “my friend” is experiencing cockroach problems and “my friend” is really freaked out about it. -MB

Edit: As lovelywaifu noted, boric acid is also effective for killing cockroaches, who walk through it and accidentally ingest it later while preening. Just be sure to sprinkle it lightly, and not in big ol’ piles—otherwise, they’ll simply walk around it.

via Lifehacker

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The photographs in this picture gallery may look like they been Photoshopped or assembled with dead insects, but the ants in these images are very much alive. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov spends hours setting up fairytale scenes. He studied ants, and saw that they all follow a very specific path when they’re working. So he put his props on their trail, and photographed the insects interacting with his miniature ‘stage sets’.

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Eciton burchellii

Eciton burchellii is a species of New World army ant in the genus Eciton. This species, one of the most extensively studied ant species, consists of expansive, organized swarm raids that give it the informal name, Eciton army ant. This species displays polymorphic caste features, with the soldier ants having much larger heads and mandibles. In terms of geographical distribution, this species is found in the Amazon jungle and Central America.

Photo credits:João P. Burini ,Mark W. Moffett/Minden Pictures, Francesco Tomasinelli / Natural Visions

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