Azteca alfari Cecropia Ants & Camponotus

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Cecropia ants do not tolerate other ants on their host tree.  When intruders are encountered,  Azteca patrollers work together to pin them down.  Interestingly, the offending insects aren't always killed.  This Camponotus was simply dragged to the edge of the plant and dropped.

Panamá: Canal Zone. Gamboa.
9.1177ºN 79.6959ºW 50m
vii.2007 Secondary forest edge.
#AW2922, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5x macro lens.