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Aphaenogaster mariae thread-waisted ant. Ants of this genus often place debris on liquid food (in this case, honey) as a sort of sponge. Once the food has been absorbed, the workers pick up the "sponge" and carry it back to the nest.

Urbana, Illinois, USA

Aphaenogaster mariae thread-waisted ant. Ants of this genus often place debris on liquid food (in this case, honey) as a sort of sponge. Once the food has been absorbed, the workers pick up the "sponge" and carry it back to the nest. Urbana, Illinois, USA

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