Caption: Azteca ants (Azteca sp.) patrolling leaf of Cecropia tree (Cecropia sp.) in French Guiana rainforest. These two species form a symbiotic relationship whereby the Cecropia provides a nesting area filled with a sugary food within its hollow trunk and the Azteca, in turn, cut away encroaching plants and defend the tree against herbivore invaders. These fierce ants, less than 2 millimeters in length, are extremely defensive and deliver painful bites to people and animals even brushing up against the tree.

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Keywords: animal, arthropod, aztec, azteca, azteca ant, azteca ants, cecropia tree, commensual, defence, defense, french guiana, insect, insects, invertebrate, leaf, patrol, plant, rainforest, symbiosis, symbiotic, tropic, zoology

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Azteca ants

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