Silver ant hairs reflect sunlight, keeping Sahara dweller cool

Hairs are also transparent at infrared wavelengths, letting insect shed heat

Saharan silver ant stands atop a desiccated plant

BEATING THE HEAT  A Saharan silver ant stands atop a desiccated plant. The ant’s hairs combat desert heat by reflecting sunlight and allowing the insect to dissipate body heat.

N.N. Shi et al/Science 2015

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