Odontomachus clarus


  

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Odontomachus clarus worker with her jaws cocked. The ant can snap her mandibles together very quickly, like a bear trap.
Odontomachus clarus worker with her jaws cocked. The ant can snap her mandibles together very quickly, like a bear trap.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. Her antennae are extended out in front of her, probing for prey.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. Her antennae are extended out in front of her, probing for prey.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. View from above and behind, with the ant's head in the center of the photo.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. View from above and behind, with the ant's head in the center of the photo.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting, with her antennae probing the ground in front of her.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting, with her antennae probing the ground in front of her.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. These ants were around a nightlight on a sidewalk, catching the insects that were attracted by the light.
Odontomachus clarus worker hunting. These ants were around a nightlight on a sidewalk, catching the insects that were attracted by the light.
Closeup of Odontomachus clarus worker with mandibles cocked. You can see the 'trigger hairs' extending forward from the mandibles. When something touches these hairs, the ant snaps her mandibles shut like a bear trap.
Closeup of Odontomachus clarus worker with mandibles cocked. You can see the 'trigger hairs' extending forward from the mandibles. When something touches these hairs, the ant snaps her mandibles shut like a bear trap.
Young Odontomachus queen. One of her wings is missing.
Young Odontomachus queen. One of her wings is missing.
Front view of young Odontomachus queen, with mandibles open. Another good view of the trigger hairs on the mandibles.
Front view of young Odontomachus queen, with mandibles open. Another good view of the trigger hairs on the mandibles.
Front view of young Odontomachus queen, with mandibles closed.
Front view of young Odontomachus queen, with mandibles closed.