Aphaenogaster cockerelli & Acromyrmex versicolor
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A harvester ant dispatches a male leaf-cutter ant after a large mating flight.  Mating swarms of social insects are excellent food sources for many predaceous animals.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson Mountains 
32º15.817'N 111º03.762'W 750m. 8.vii.2006

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.