Rhytidoponera sp. cf. metallica
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Ants will not often consume dead ants of their own species, but they may readily take ant carcasses of other species.  Here a Rhytidoponera worker has found the carcass of a large Camponotus and is dragging it back to her nest where it will be fed to hungry larvae.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 22.x.2005
Dry Sclerophyll.

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