Camponotus nigriceps - sugar ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Soliciting nestmate transport in Camponotus ants: the ant on the right curls her body into a pupal position while holding tight to the mandible of an ant she wishes to carry her.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine.
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 7.x.2005
Dry Sclerophyll, nocturnal foragers.

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