Acropyga acutiventris
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

An Acropyga ant carries a white root aphid in an underground gallery.  Acropyga ants have specialized relationships with root-feeding Hemipteran insects.

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park
7 km WNW Lockhart River.
26.viii.2004, 12º45.922'S 143º17.199'E, 20m
Rainforest edge, under log
#AW2521, voucher specimen 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.