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Platythyrea conradti ant and cocoon

Platythyrea conradti ant and cocoon

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PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PATRICK LANDMANN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Platythyrea conradti ant tending to cocoons inside the colony's nest. This African ant lives in the hollow crevices and dead branches of trees in tropical forests, with colonies consisting of about 300-500 adults. It is a primitive species of ant, where the nymph (juvenile) forms a silk cocoon in its final stage of development. The adult ant feeds mainly on moth caterpillars and small winged insects. It also has a venomous sting, which it inherited from its wasp ancestors. Photographed in the Lamto Ecological Station, Cote d'Ivoire.

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