Manica bradleyi
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A Manica forager has discovered the carcass of a Formica worker and is taking it back to her nest.  Ants often eat the bodies of other ant species, but will usually avoid consuming those of their own.

USA, CA, Nevada Co.: Bear Creek., 39º18.458'N 120º40.055'W, 1425m
#AW2365, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC and MHNG.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.