Pheidole dentata & Neivamyrmex opacithorax
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Army ants (red) raid a Pheidole species (black) in south Texas. Notice the Pheidole in the background absconding with a pupa.  One of the premier defenses of Pheidole against their army ant predators is rapid nest evacuation, carrying as many larvae and pupae as they can manage.

USA TX Bastrop Co.: 8 km NNW Smithville
140m 30º05.1´N 97º10.1´W 
22.iii.2007 Oak-Pine forest, army ants raiding Pheidole nest.  #ALW2898

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