Leptomyrmex darlingtoni (light form)
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
A Leptomyrmex ant climbs a small bush with a larva after the photographer has disturbed her nest. This photograph illustrates two interesting aspects of this species. First, the greatly distended gaster indicates that this ant is a replete, who functions within the nest as a living storage chamber for liquids. Second, this absconding behavior, where ants carry brood away from the nest upon disturbance, is possibly a defense against attacks by subterranean army ants.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.