Army ant soldier

Army ant soldier

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Caption: Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) soldier guarding the ant column. Soldiers have pronounced heads and large mandibles (mouthpieces, black), which are used in fighting off predators and competitors. Unlike most ant species, which prefer to be camouflaged, army ants are known for actively raiding and foraging in broad daylight by forming a wide trail, or column, that is highly visible. Photographed at Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Quito, Ecuador.

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