Odontomachus bauri - Trap-Jaw Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A trap-jaw ant keeps her mandibles locked back and out of the way while tending planthopper nymphs for honeydew.

Panamá, Panamá.: Pipeline Road.
09º08.0'N 79º43.3'W 80m. 29.vii.2007.
Tending hemipteran nymphs on understory tree.

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