Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) sp.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Small Polyrhachis ants in the subgenus Cyrtomyrma are not so ornamented with spines as are some of their congeners (such as this ant), but they are pretty nonetheless.  Cyrtomyrma are weaver ants, living in leaf nests sewn together with silk produced by ant larvae.

Australia, QLD: Mungkan Kandju National Park
27 km NNE Coen, McIlwraith range
24.viii.2004, 13º43.652'S 143º19.769'E, 530m
Rainforest, foraging on low vegetation.
#AW2490, 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.