Pheidole attacking Myrmecia ant
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Ants do not usually eat members of their own species, but they often take ants of other species.  Here, small Pheidole ants hasten the demise of a dying Myrmecia bull ant.

Australia, VIC: Tidal River, Wilson's Promontory National Park.  39º02'S 146º20'E, 15m. 
18.ii.2006. Coastal Leptospermum Forest, 2200hr.

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