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The hollow stem of a Cecropia tree houses a colony of fierce Azteca alfari ants.  Here, a worker carries a larva to safety after the photographer disturbs the nest.  Note the mealybugs at lower-left, which the ants tend for honeydew.

Gamboa, Panama

Gamboa, Panama

The hollow stem of a Cecropia tree houses a colony of fierce Azteca alfari ants. Here, a worker carries a larva to safety after the photographer disturbs the nest. Note the mealybugs at lower-left, which the ants tend for honeydew. Gamboa, Panama Gamboa, Panama

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