Myrmecia pilosula - Jack Jumper Ant Larvae
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecia ants are predaceous, and most of the prey brought into the nest goes to feed the growing larvae.  Here a larva (left) munches on a bit of dead insect.  Long body hairs help keep the larva dry and protect her from the hungry mandibles of voracious siblings.

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.