Pheidologeton affinis
Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Pheidologeton marauder ants have one of the largest size disparities between the largest and smallest worker ants in a colony.  Supermajor workers have powerful mandibles that are useful for cutting up and carrying large prey items such as this beetle grub.  The supermajor pictured here was able to single-handedly drag a very large beetle larva across the substrate.

Australia, QLD: 2.5km E Rossville
27.viii.2004  15º45.277'S 145º17.340'E, 180m
Rainforest edge.
#AW2554, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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