Myrmecia piliventris - Bulldog Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecia ants are known to Australians for their formidable stings.  Here a bull ant sinks her stinger into the photographer, who probably deserves the punishment after breaking clumsily into this ants' nest.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 23.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.