Wasmannia auropunctata - Little Fire Ant

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Friend or foe?  Two ants meet on a foraging trail and briefly assess each other. Ants from different colonies will attack each other, but these two are nestmates and let each other pass.

Panamá, Panamá.: Gamboa
09º07.0'N 79º42.1'W 35m. 28.vii.2007
Trail of ants on palm trunk.
#AW2917, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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