Megalomyrmex - Alex Wild Photography
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Colonies of the social parasite Megalomyrmex adamsae are small, consisting of only a handful of ants.  They raise their brood in small chambers built within the fungus gardens of their host species.  Here the queen is visible in the middle of the nest chamber.

Panama; captive colony at the University of Texas

Colonies of the social parasite Megalomyrmex adamsae are small, consisting of only a handful of ants. They raise their brood in small chambers built within the fungus gardens of their host species. Here the queen is visible in the middle of the nest chamber. Panama; captive colony at the University of Texas

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