A worker ant rescues a queen larva after the photographer disturbed her nest. Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia.
A worker ant delicately moves eggs through a frass/yeast garden typical of Cyphomyrmex in the rimosus species group. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Ants in the predaceous subfamily Dorylinae characteristically carry larvae slung underneath their bodies. Brackenridge Field Lab, Austin, Texas, USA.
Inside the nest, Leptogenys isopod predators arrange their larva on a recent kill.
Austin, Texas, USA.
Workers tend to larvae the brood nest of Tetramorium tsushimae, a pavement ant originally from Asia. St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
A preserved collection of a Leptanilla colony shows a queen (at center) and piles of elongate larvae.
Kibale forest, Uganda
Ponera worker and larvae.
Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia
First instar larvae in the brood nest of Tapinoma sessile, the odorous house ant.
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Tapinoma sessile - odorous house ant (nest with brood)
A worker ant feeds the carcasses of fungus gnats to hungry larvae in the brood nest. This species is among the most abundant ants in the Sierra Nevada.
Sagehen Creek Field Station, California, USA
Inside the brood nest, an Odontomachus brunneus trap-jaw ant larva feeds on the remains of a termite. Unlike adult ants, larvae can consume solid food.
Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA
Little Ochetellus ants are a common but often overlooked element of the Australian ant fauna. These workers tend to their larvae in the nest.
Nhill, Victoria, Australia
Sericomyrmex amabilis. An ant worker tends to brood in the fungus garden. Note how the eggs and larvae are embedded within the fluffy white hyphae of the fungus.
Parque Soberania, Panama; Laboratory colony at the University of Texas
An Adranes ant beetle walks through the brood nest of its host, Lasius pallitarsis. These odd little beetles live in ant nests feeding on the developing brood.
Blodgett Forest, California, USA