Odontomachus cephalotes
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Touch the sensitive trigger hairs and this trap-jaw ant's mandibles will snap shut in three one-thousandths of a second. 

Australia, QLD: Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation Section.
Emmagen Creek, 4.5 km NNW Cape Tribulation
28.viii.2004, 16º02'S 145º27'E, 20m
Rainforest, ex rotting log.
#AW2566, voucher specimens 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.