Cyphomyrmex rimosus
Patulúl, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

A Cyphomyrmex ant carries caterpillar feces to its nest.  The fungus cultivated by Cyphomyrmex specializes in this rather unusual food source.

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.