Dolichoderus bispinosus

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Dolichoderus tending planthopper nymphs on a Heliconia flower.  Notice that one of the "ants" at the upper right is actually a clever ant-mimic bug.

Panamá, Panamá.: Pipeline Road.
09º08.0'N 79º43.3'W 80m. 29.vii.2007.
Ants tending Membracids on Heliconia sp.
#AW2919, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC.

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