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Odontomachus clarus.  Although the mandibles of trap-jaw ants appear designed primarily for hunting, they also must serve in more traditional roles to excavate the nest and carry brood.  This worker is holding a larva.

Portal, Arizona, USA

Odontomachus clarus. Although the mandibles of trap-jaw ants appear designed primarily for hunting, they also must serve in more traditional roles to excavate the nest and carry brood. This worker is holding a larva. Portal, Arizona, USA

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