Paratrechina longicornis - Crazy Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Along a sun-soaked beach on a Panamanian island, Paratrechina workers drink from nectaries on the underside of a leaf.  Many plants attract ants with nectaries, and the ants in return help remove the plant's herbivorous pests.

Panamá: Isla Contadora
08º38N 79º02'W 5m
vii.2007. Beach edge.

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