Atta texana - Texas leafcutter ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

The same sharp jaws used by the leafcutter ant to slice the leaves also serve to carry the cargo back to the nest.

USA TX Travis Co.: Austin
Brackenridge Field Laboratory
150m 30º17.02´N 97º46.75´W 
iii.2007 Riparian forest, trail of ants carrying cut leaves.

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