Myrmecia nigrocincta - bull ant
North Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

This color-coded Myrmecia ant lends itself to an ant anatomy lesson.  From front to back: yellow mandibles, black head, red pronotum, black mesonotum, red propodeum, red petiole, black post-petiole, and golden gaster.  The bright coloration serves to warn predators of this ant's painful sting.

Australia, QLD: Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation section. 3.5 km W Cape Tribulation.
28.viii.2004, 16º05'S 145º27'E, 600m.
Rainforest on windswept ridge.

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