Myrmecia pilosula - Jack Jumper Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecia pilosula are spritely little bull ants with a distinctive jerky gait.  They are capable of jumping several centimeters, a behavior that has earned them the name "Jack-Jumper".  

Australia, VIC: Tower Hill
38º19'S 142º22'E, 40m, 9.x.2005

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