Trachymyrmex turrifex
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Inside the fungus garden of a laboratory colony of Trachymyrmex turrifex.  Looking closely at the garden, one can see the developing ant larvae and pupae embedded within the fungus.

USA TX, laboratory colony.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.