Odontomachus clarus - Trap-Jaw Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Although the mandibles of trap-jaw ants appear designed primarily for hunting, they also must serve in more traditional roles to excavate the nest and carry brood.  This worker is holding a larva.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, Chiricahua Mtns., 7km WSW Portal
1650m 31º53´N 109º12´W 
9.viii.2005  Oak-juniper woodland, under stone.   #AW2667, voucher specimen deposited at ALWC.

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