Atta sexdens - leafcutter ants
South America

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A large Atta sexdens worker cuts through a leaf while a smaller worker guards against the overzealous photographer. 

Captive colony at University of Texas

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens.