Acromyrmex octospinosus

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A leaf-cutter ant gingerly picks her way across a bed of rain-soaked moss in a Panamanian forest.

Panamá: Coclé. El Valle.
08º37'N 80º08'W 600m
vii.2007 Secondary forest edge.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65mm MP-E 1-5x macro lens.