Cephalotes grandinosus - Turtle Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

A young turtle ant queen showing off her armored head disc which she will use to block the entrance to her nest cavity until her daughters can take over the role.

Panamá: Isla Contadora
08º38N 79º02'W 5m
vii.2007. On low vegation, garden.

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