Apterostigma auriculatum
Central America

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Ants in the genus Apterostigma comprise an early evolutionary lineage of fungus-growing ants.  These strange, slow-moving insects can be common in forests of the new world tropics.

Collected in Panama; Laboratory colony at the University of Texas.

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