Acromyrmex versicolor - Desert Leaf-Cutter Ant Queens
Desert leafcutter ant queens (Acromyrmex versicolor) start new nests cooperatively. Here three young queens tend to their growing fungus garden. Such altruism does not last long, however. Mature colonies have only a single queen, the others are killed shortly after the emergence of the first workers.
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