This photo snatched the guy £700 in photographic vouchers from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
His hope is studying the way ants feet self clean and change their size to support varying weights will help develop new adhesives.
“The pads on ants’ feet are self-cleaning and can stick to almost any type of surface,” he said.
“No man-made glue or adhesive system can match this. Understanding how animals can control their adhesive systems should help us come up with clever adhesives in the future.”