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Cephalotes spinosus

Cephalotes spinosus

Turtle ants nest in tree cavities carved by the larvae of wood-boring beetles. At the top, a pair of guard ants sit in the entrance, blocking the hole with their bulbous heads.

Misahuallí, Napo, Ecuador

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