Atta texana - leafcutter ant queen

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A queen leafcutter ant in the fungus garden with her attendant workers. Queens produce a pheromonal cocktail that is attractive to worker ants, and they crowd around her.

USA TX Young Co.: 
Fort Belknap
Laboratory Colony at 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.