Myrmecia piliventris - Bulldog Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

The eggs of Myrmecia ants are large and nearly round.  Most other ants' eggs are more elongate.  Here two workers of a small Myrmecia species carry eggs to safety after the photographer uncovered their nest.  

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 6.x.2005
Dry Sclerophyll.

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