Nomamyrmex esenbeckii - Army Ants

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Nomamyrmex is the most heavily armored of the army ants, and the only species known to attack leafcutter ants.  Their dense cuticle and thick appendages help them withstand the sharp jaws of the leafcutters.

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.