Leptomyrmex rufipes
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Leptomyrmex workers cooperate to bring a grasshopper carcass back to their nest.  These large, leggy insects are some of the most gracile ants in the world; note the impressive spread of the antennae of the foreground worker.

Australia, QLD: Mungkan Kandju National Park
27 km NNE Coen, McIlwraith range
24.viii.2004, 13º43.652'S 143º19.769'E, 530m
#AW2496, 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.