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Atta cephalotes. A small leafcutter worker atop a leaf guards her sister against attacks by parasitic flies.  Ants carrying leaves cannot use their mandibles for defense, so they carry hitchhikers to ward off the parasites.

Gamboa, Panama

Atta cephalotes. A small leafcutter worker atop a leaf guards her sister against attacks by parasitic flies. Ants carrying leaves cannot use their mandibles for defense, so they carry hitchhikers to ward off the parasites. Gamboa, Panama

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