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Some extreme close-ups of some badass, tiny ladies in my garden.

Lasius niger, the common black garden ant, found everywhere in Europe and beyond.

These workers are particularly small, their nest is under a paved brick path and I only saw the nest entrance being opened a month ago so I’m thinking they might be from a colony started at the end of last year,

I fed them some Irn Bru.

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia),  colloquially known as the yak-killer hornet, is the world’s largest hornet, native to temperate and tropical Eastern Asia. Its body length is approximately 50 mm (2 in), with a wingspan of about 76 mm (3 in). The sting of the Asian giant hornet is about 6 mm (¼ in) in length, and injects an especially potent venom that contains a cytolytic peptide (specifically, a mastoparan) that can damage tissue by stimulating phospholipase action. Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian giant hornet stings exceeds that of all other venomous and non-venomous wild animals combined, including wild bears and venomous snakes. (Wiki.)