Ochetellus sp.
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Adult worker ants tend to their sister larvae in an Ochetellus nest.  The dark areas inside the larvae are concentrated pellets of food.  Ant larvae accumulate food without defecating throughout their development, voiding their gut contents only when they molt into the non-feeding pupal stage.

Australia, VIC: Nhill
36º20.384'S 141º38.709'E, 130m, 10.x.2005
Riparian forest, nest under bark.

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