Leptomyrmex darlingtoni (dark form)
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A Leptomyrmex ant, gaster raised characteristically above her body.  These large, slender insects are sometimes called "spider ants" for the way they carry their bodies.  This species, like many Leptomyrmex, is highly variable in color.  Nests of L. darlingtoni can contain both light and dark workers as well as mottled, intermediate color forms.

Australia, QLD: Mungkan Kandju National Park
28 km NNE Coen, McIlwraith range
25.viii.2004, 13º42.796'S 143º18.924'E, 420m
Araucaria cunninghami forest.
#AW2509, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.