Rhytidoponera chalybaea
Brisbane, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A Rhytidoponera ant rushes out, mandibles agape, to defend her nest against an overzealous photographer.

Australia, QLD: Mt. Glorious.
21.viii.2004, 27º20.192'S 152º45.808'E, 680m.
Subtropical Rainforest, nest in rotting log.
#AW2468, 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.