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Forelius nigriventris & Solenopsis invicta

Forelius nigriventris & Solenopsis invicta

A juxtaposition of two very different defensive strategies. The fire ant (at right) brandishes her venom on the tip of her stinger, while the opposing Forelius worker aims hers as a volatile spray. Santiago del Estero, Argentina

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