Myrmecia nigriceps - Bull Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

A bull ant nest entrance.  At over an inch long, some bull ant species are among the world's largest ants.  They have a painful sting and defend their nests aggressively. 

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 7.x.2005
Dry Sclerophyll, nest in soil.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60,  using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.