Queen and worker. Notice that the queen has a larger, more complex thorax. She begins her adult life with wings for dispersal, so she bears all the sclerites and musculature associated with flight. The flightless workers have a simpler anatomy.
Gnamptogenys mordax adults, pupae, and larvae. Ants darken as they age, so the different colors of the adults in this photo indicates time since eclosion.
Gnamptogenys striatula, worker with brood in the nest. Cayó District, Belize.
Gnamptogenys striatula larvae feed on the carcasses of fire ants. Larvae of this species have long, flexible necks allowing them to reach food placed near them by the attendant workers. Cayó District, Belize.
Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Monte Verde, Minas Gerais, Brazil
A foraging worker carries a beetle carcass back to her nest. Armenia, Cayo District, Belize
Morretes, Paraná, Brazil
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