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The enlarged abdomen and shrunken head of this Odontomachus haematodus trap-jaw ant indicates she houses a massive mermithid parasite. These large nematodes infect ant larvae and result in stunted adults.

Armenia, Belize

The enlarged abdomen and shrunken head of this Odontomachus haematodus trap-jaw ant indicates she houses a massive mermithid parasite. These large nematodes infect ant larvae and result in stunted adults. Armenia, Belize

parasitesparasitismOdontomachus trapjaw antMermithidaeentomopathogenic nematodes