Labidus praedator - Army Ants

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Labidus praedator is among the most commonly seen army ants in the new world tropics.  Colony sizes are very large, and these ants can conduct impressive swarm raids above ground.  Here ants stand guard at the edge of a trail.

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.