Melophorus sp.
South Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Melophorus ants drag an earwig back to the nest.  Notice the different sizes of worker ants- this species is polymorphic in the worker caste.

Australia, SA: Poochera.
32º43'S 134º50'E, 85m, 14.x.2005
Parkland, ants recruiting to an earwig carcass.

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