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Atta cephalotes

Atta cephalotes

A small leafcutter worker atop a leaf guards her sister against attacks by parasitic flies. Ants carrying leaves cannot use their mandibles for defense, so they carry hitchhikers to ward off the parasites.

Gamboa, Panama

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