Strumigenys szalayi
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A tiny Strumigenys trap-jaw ant forages along a log in an Australian rainforest.  Notice the trigger hairs that project forward between the cocked mandibles.

Australia, QLD: Iron Range National Park  26.viii.2004, 12º42.846'S 143º17.218'E, 10m
#AW2539, 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.