Mycocepurus smithii
Central America


photograph © Alex Wild 2007

The white strands seen in this ant nest are made of a living fungus.  This fungus is cultivated by the ants as their sole source of food.

Collected in Panama; Laboratory colony at the 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.