Odontomachus bauri - Trap-Jaw Ant
Costa Rica

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Portrait of a trap-jaw ant.  The mandibles are locked open at 180º and slam shut on a hair trigger.  Odontomachus bauri are medium to large sized ants, about a centimeter in length, found in the New World tropics.

Costa Rica, Heredia: La Selva
50m 10º26´N 83º57´W 
8.ix.2005  Rainforest, in base of palm.
Brian Fisher, coll., #BLF12452, voucher specimens deposited at CASC.

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