Eciton burchelli - army ant
Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences
(from Trinidad)

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Army ant workers dismantle a cricket that they have caught.  Eciton army ants are conspicuous and important predators in Neotropical forests.

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