Life is perilous for young queens. This fire ant queen (Solenopsis invicta) is being pursued by native Forelius ants, as she would make an excellent source of protein to feed the Forelius larvae. She frantically climbs a grass blade to escape, but to no avail.
Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA
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