Azteca isthmica Cecropia Ant Queen

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A young Azteca queen cuts into the soft tissue of a Cecropia tree to gain access to the hollow center.  The trees welcome such an intrusion: the resident Azteca colony founded by this queen will provide ample protection from herbivores.

Panamá: Coclé. El Valle.
08º37'N 80º08'W 600m
vii.2007 Secondary forest edge, ex Cecropia sp.

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