Myrmecodia ant-plant
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

An epiphytic Myrmecodia ant-plant in an Australian woodland.  The swollen base of this plant is hollow, with an intricate gallery of chambers that house aggressive Philidris ants.  The ants defend the plant (not very effectively in this case, judging from the holes in the leaves), and provide the plant with nutrients.

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park
13 km WNW Lockhart River
26.viii.2004, 12º45'S 143º14'E, 50m
Eucalyptus woodland.

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