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

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

The tattered pubescense and missing antennal segments of this spiny Polyrhachis ant indicate this insect's advanced age.  Ants that leave the nest to forage tend to be the older ants in a colony.

Australia, QLD: Mungkan Kandju National Park
28 km NNE Coen, McIlwraith range
24.viii.2004, 13º42.796'S 143º18.924'E, 420m
Araucaria cunninghami forest, ground forager.
#AW2499, voucher specimens 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.