Camponotus (Myrmothrix) atriceps

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

One of the most widely-distributed Camponotus species in the American tropics is C. atriceps.  These ubiquitous nocturnal ants vary in color from almost entirely black to the light reddish-yellow seen here.

Panamá: Coclé. El Valle.
08º37'N 80º08'W 600m
vii.2007 Secondary forest edge, trail of ants, 2100hr.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5x macro lens.