Atta laevigata
Reserva Mbaracayú, Canindeyú, Paraguay

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

A newly-mated leaf-cutter queen excavates her nest. Once the nest is dug, she will seal herself underground and begin cultivating a fungus garden.

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.