Many ants maintain tight associations with honeydew producing insects. Here, a Texan Camponotus carries a root-feeding mealybug in her underground nest. Austin, Texas, USA.
Tending to subterranean mealybugs. Austin, Texas, USA.
Tetramorium is a primarily Old World genus, but North America has a handful of native species like the southwestern T. spinosum. Harlingen, Texas, USA
Tending aphids for honeydew. Austin, Texas, USA.
The bizarre cork-headed P. lamia inhabits deep soil and is sporadically encountered across the southeastern United States. Brackenridge Field Lab, Austin, Texas, USA.Specimen voucher UTIC00203534.
An army of hungry ants scavenges the carcass of a cockroach. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A major worker of a cork-headed ant. The heads of these unusual insects serve as living doors to the ants' tree-branch nests. Gonzales, Texas, USA.
The cork-headed ant Colobopsis etiolata is largely nocturnal. Gonzales, Texas, USA.
An ant carries a cocoon during a nest migration in the Amazon forest. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Azteca in Cordia
A colony of Azteca inhabits the hollow domatia of a Cordia ant-plant. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Gigantiops destructor, worker
Peru, Tambopata: Puerto Maldonado
12.5984ºS 69.2179ºW 200m
30.vii.2016 A.L.Wild #ALW5709
A worker ant patrols a twig along the edge of a Peruvian forest. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Major (right) and minor turtle ant workers show the extensive differences in head morphology between the castes. Major workers use their massive heads as a living door. Laboratory colony at The University of Texas at Austin. Colony collected in Cost, Texas, USA.
Sensitive trigger hairs point forward from the mandibles of this arboreal trap-jaw ant. French Guiana; Laboratory colony at The University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, USA.
Ants often collect nectar from flowers, but they generally make poor pollinators compared to flying insects. This little black ant has picked up a few pollen grains as it vists a black foot daisy. Austin, Texas, USA.
A foundress queen in her nest. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA.
Silken male & worker cocoons in a nest of woodland Lasius. South Bristol, New York, USA.