Myrmecia pyriformis - Brown Bull Ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

The long, toothy mandibles of Myrmecia ants are adept at slicing insect prey such as this european hornet.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 7.x.2005
Dry Sclerophyll.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.