Spiky larvae are characteristic of ponerine ants. Here, an Odontomachus clarus desert trap-jaw ant tends to larvae in the brood nest.
Portal, Arizona, USA
Odontomachus brunneus is the common trap-jaw ant along the gulf coast of the southern United States.
Elsanor, Alabama, USA
Odontomachus assiniensis. The odd, alien-shaped head of a trap-jaw ant serves to house the set of muscles and latches that operate the ant's mandibular trap.
St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa