Atta cephalotes - leaf-cutter ant
Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences
(from tropical America)

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A soldier leaf-cutter ant.  The powerful mandibles can easily slice through skin- so handle these ants with care!

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