Myrmecocystus mendax and Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

A honeypot ant (top) picks a fight with a harvester ant in the Arizona desert.  Fights like these are thought to help honeypot ants dominate resources by distracting the harvester ants from foraging.

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