Pheidole sp.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Remarkable coloration in a tropical rainforest Pheidole.  The ants pictured here are nestmates, the striking differences in size and coloration reflect developmental plasticity. Notice that the larvae at left are feeding on bits of an insect carcass. 

Australia, QLD: Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation Section.
Emmagen Creek, 4.5 km NNW Cape Tribulation
28.viii.2004, 16º02'S 145º27'E, 20m
Rainforest, ex rotting log.
#AW2567, 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.