Atta colombica - leafcutter Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

The large lobes of the head of this soldier leaf-cutting ant house powerful muscles used to operate the mandibles.

Captive colony at University of Texas

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