Dinoponera australis
Misiones, Argentina

photograph © Alex Wild 2008

A Dinoponera worker laps up water from a wet stone.  These enormous ants- the largest stinging ants in the world- are in reality rather shy creatures. 

Argentina, Misiones: Iguazú.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 17-40mm wide-angle lens on a 12mm extension tube.