Mycetarotes - Alex Wild Photography
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Mycetarotes fungus garden in a lab nest.  Male ants, seen here as the winged, dark-colored individuals, perform no labor in the colony, serving instead to disperse the colonies' genes during periodic mating flights outside the nest.

Parque Nacional Iguazu, Argentina; Laboratory colony at the University of Texas

Mycetarotes fungus garden in a lab nest. Male ants, seen here as the winged, dark-colored individuals, perform no labor in the colony, serving instead to disperse the colonies' genes during periodic mating flights outside the nest. Parque Nacional Iguazu, Argentina; Laboratory colony at the University of Texas

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