Eciton - Alex Wild Photography
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An Eciton burchellii soldier uses her ice-tong mandibles to latch on to the photographer's skin.  This gives her the leverage to use her stinger (at the rear end of the animal) and makes her very difficult to remove.

Maquipucuna reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador

An Eciton burchellii soldier uses her ice-tong mandibles to latch on to the photographer's skin. This gives her the leverage to use her stinger (at the rear end of the animal) and makes her very difficult to remove. Maquipucuna reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador

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