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Colonies of the giant neotropical army ant Eciton burchelli have workers of many different sizes specialized for different tasks.  The large, light-colored ant at center is a soldier that performs defensive functions, the smaller ants are minor workers that specialize in prey capture.

Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences

Colonies of the giant neotropical army ant Eciton burchelli have workers of many different sizes specialized for different tasks. The large, light-colored ant at center is a soldier that performs defensive functions, the smaller ants are minor workers that specialize in prey capture. Captive colony at the California Academy of Sciences

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