Megalomyrmex symmetochus (attine parasite) in Trachymyrmex nest

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Colonies of the social parasite Megalomyrmex symmetochus are small, consisting of only a handful of ants.  They raise their brood in small chambers built within the fungus gardens of their host species.

PANAMA. Laboratory colony at the University of Texas, Austin.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.