Formica subintegra
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Slave-raiding ants (Formica subintegra) have captured a male pupa during an afternoon raid on another Formica species.  The pupa will probably be carried back to the nest and eaten.

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