Papyrius sp. ants with scale insects
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Papyrius ants tend to scale insects inside a protective shed the ants have built out of plant fibers.

Australia, VIC: Little Desert National Park
10x.2005  36º28'S 141º39'E, 200m
Dry scrub forest, ex Eucalyptus.

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