Soldier Ants & Major Workers - Alex Wild Photography
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In a laboratory colony, a Cephalotes rohweri turtle ant soldier demonstrates how she uses her massive head to block the nest entrance.  She is essentially a living door, and will not admit any ants other then her own nestmate.  The second ant here is a Crematogaster acrobat ant, perhaps the turtle ants' biggest competitors for living space.

Tucson, Arizona, USA

In a laboratory colony, a Cephalotes rohweri turtle ant soldier demonstrates how she uses her massive head to block the nest entrance. She is essentially a living door, and will not admit any ants other then her own nestmate. The second ant here is a Crematogaster acrobat ant, perhaps the turtle ants' biggest competitors for living space. Tucson, Arizona, USA

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