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Stigmacros worker ants with an Anthrenocerus dermestid beetle larva.  The beetle is likely a commensal inhabitant of the ant's nest, taking advantage of the ants' climate-controlled colony while feeding on debris around the nest.

Yandoit, Victoria, Australia

Stigmacros worker ants with an Anthrenocerus dermestid beetle larva. The beetle is likely a commensal inhabitant of the ant's nest, taking advantage of the ants' climate-controlled colony while feeding on debris around the nest. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia

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