Pheidole melastomae
Reserva Endesa, Pichincha, Ecuador

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Cutting away the base of a Tococa plant leaf reveals a Pheidole nest.  This ant species nests only in the domatia of certain ant-plants.  Note the scale insect, just underneath the major worker at center.

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This image was captured with a Nikon Coolpix 995.