Mating & Colony Founding - Alex Wild Photography
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Acromyrmex versicolor

Acromyrmex versicolor

Male desert leaf-cutting ants lek above the desert floor, awaiting virgin queens who fly into the swarm to mate.

Tucson, Arizona, USA

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