PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Polyrhachis laboriosa ant queen. The queen is a reproductive female ant that is the mother of all the other ants in the colony. This African ant species is endemic to Cameroon and lives in trees at the edges of tropical forests. It feeds on honeydew produced by aphids, flower nectar, and sugary exudes from young leaves. The hooked spines on its back are used as a defence against predators and other ants. Photographed in the Biosphere Reserve of Dja, Cameroon.
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