Labidus praedator - Army Ants

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Army ant columns are often flanked by relatively stationary major workers, jaws agape, ready to rush forward at any sign of danger.  Fortunately for photographers, army ants don't have good vision. We can approach closely if we don't breathe on them.

Panamá, Panamá.: 1 km W Gamboa
09º07.3'N 79º43.0'W 50m. 29.vii.2007
Trail of ants across dirt road, 2nd growth forest.
#AW2921, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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