Acromyrmex - Alex Wild Photography
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Acromyrmex crassispinus

Acromyrmex crassispinus

A leafcutter ant worker carrying a live aphodiine dung beetle, for reasons we can only guess. It is possible, for example, that the beetles breed in the ant's midden chambers, helping the ants to process waste, and the adults are attractive to the ants as a way of locating a suitable nest.

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

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