Philidris - Alex Wild Photography
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A cluster of epiphytic Myrmecodia ant-plants in an Australian woodland.  The swollen base of Myrmecodia is hollow, with an intricate gallery of chambers that house aggressive Philidris ants.  The ants defend the plant and provide the plant with nutrients.

Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia

A cluster of epiphytic Myrmecodia ant-plants in an Australian woodland. The swollen base of Myrmecodia is hollow, with an intricate gallery of chambers that house aggressive Philidris ants. The ants defend the plant and provide the plant with nutrients. Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia

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