Philidris sp.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Philidris ants in defensive posture, gasters cocked and mandibles open. These ants have evolved a specialized relationship with the Myrmecodia and Hydnophytum plants they inhabit and defend their plant hosts aggressively.

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park
13 km WNW Lockhart River
26.viii.2004, 12º45'S 143º14'E, 50m
Eucalyptus woodland.
#AW2527, 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.