Pseudomyrmex spinicola - Acacia Ants
Portrait of a mutualism: a swollen-thorn Acacia with the ants that protect it. The hundreds of thorns on a mature tree can house colonies of up to 20,000 ants.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens.