Myrmecia pilosula - Jack Jumper Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecia ants from neighboring nests engaged in battle, grabbing each other with their impressive mandibles and attempting to sting their opponent with the tip of the abdomen.  

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.