Nomamyrmex esenbeckii & Atta colombica

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A pair of leafcutter ant workers dispatch a Nomamyrmex army ant scout that had discovered their foraging trail.  Nomamyrmex army ants regular mount raids on leafcutter nests, but the Atta may be able to escape detection by eliminating the army ant scouts. 

Panamá, Panamá.: Pipeline Road.
09º08.0'N 79º43.3'W 80m. 29.vii.2007
Trail of ants on rainforest floor.
#AW2918, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MPE 65mm 1-5x macro lens.