Lichens are not ants. But, fortunately for lichens, lichens are nearly as cool as ants. Imagine what would happen if ants and lichens joined forces!

If you don’t have a good imagination, then you’re in luck. Lichen Correspondant Joel Mercado-Díaz recently drew our attention to a couple beautiful ant-lichen photographs. With permission from the original photographer, National Geographic Explorer Matthew Cicanese, we are happy to present these two pictures for your enjoyment: