Wordless Wednesday: Leaf Cutter Ant

I know my ant photos have nothing on Alex Wild’s fabulous photos of this species, but I was pleased to get this shot anyway:

Acromyrmex versicolor

Acromyrmex versicolor female

This female Acromyrmex versicolor leaf cutter ant was one of several captured during a mating swarm and brought into the lab, where they proceeded to run around like madwomen while I frantically tried to get a shot of one in focus.  It was largely unsuccessful (I got 2 decent shots out of 127!), but I like the way this one looks.


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