Azteca instabilis
San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Aggressive Azteca ants stand guard over a carton shed they have constructed around honeydew-secreting insects on a tree branch.  

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.