On a cold winter day, a Rhytidoponera forager slowly carries a fungus gnat she has caught back to her nest. Flying insects are easier prey for ants when immobilized at low temperatures. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Workers of the Central American swarm-raiding army ant Eciton burchellii parvispinum are uniformly dark in color, unlike most other populations of the parent species E. burchellii. Here, a worker transports a Camponotus sp. pupa back from the raid front. Cayó District, Belize.
A Pheidole pilifera worker carries a seed back to her nest. Seeds are large part of the diet of many Pheidole species. Urbana, Illinois, USA
When her nest is raided by army ants, this Nylanderia worker absconds to safety with a pupa.
An ambitious Cyphomyrmex forager carries a piece of insect frass back to the nest. These ants feed exclusively on a fungus that grows on the bits of detritus they gather.
Eciton rapax worker carrying prey.
Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador
Eciton burchellii media worker carrying part of a dismembered spider.
Maquipucuna reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador
Aphaenogaster mariae worker returning to the nest with a moth carcass.
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Anochetus paripungens, worker trap-jaw ant with pupa.
Northern Territory, Australia
Acromyrmex versicolor desert leafcutter ant carrying a fragment of a mesquite seed pod.
Green Valley, Arizona, USA
Meranoplus unicolor. An Australian harvester ant carries a seed back to her nest.
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
Neivamyrmex army ants prey primarily on the brood of other ant species, but they will also take adult ants. Here army ants make short work of a Lasius foundress queen they encountered in a subterranean raid. (Neivamyrmex nigrescens).
Portal, Arizona, USA
Neivamyrmex nigrescens army ants are predators of other ant species. Here an army ant worker carries a paralyzed prey ant back from a successful raid on an Aphaenogaster nest.
Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, USA