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Parasitized trap-jaw ant

Parasitized trap-jaw ant

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, Cayo District, Belize

parasitesparasitismOdontomachus trapjaw antMermithidaeentomopathogenic nematodes