Nothomyrmecia macrops - Dinosaur Ant
South Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005
A foundress queen Nothomyrmecia forages on a Eucalypt trunk.  These strange and beautiful ants are not often seen as they only emerge from their nests on cold nights.  Like most ants that bear primitive traits, queens of Nothomyrmecia ants differ only slightly in structure from workers.
Australia, SA: Poochera.
32º43'S 134º50'E, 85m, 14.x.2005
Grazed Mallee, ants on tree trunks at night.

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