Predation - Alex Wild Photography
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Pheidologeton affinis marauder ants have one of the largest size disparities between the largest and smallest worker ants in a colony.  Here a supermajor uses her massive jaws to cut through tree bark while minor workers stand by.  The ants have discovered beetle larvae- a favored prey item- underneath the bark.

Rossville, Queensland, Australia

Pheidologeton affinis marauder ants have one of the largest size disparities between the largest and smallest worker ants in a colony. Here a supermajor uses her massive jaws to cut through tree bark while minor workers stand by. The ants have discovered beetle larvae- a favored prey item- underneath the bark. Rossville, Queensland, Australia

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