Myrmecocystus mimicus


  

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Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) grooming
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) grooming
Myrmecocystus mimicus workers. The smaller worker is crouching in what appears to be a display of submission.
Myrmecocystus mimicus workers. The smaller worker is crouching in what appears to be a display of submission.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) grooming
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) grooming
Myrmecocystus mimicus worker with termite prey. Like most ants, Myrmecocystus  loves to eat termites when they can be gotten.
Myrmecocystus mimicus worker with termite prey. Like most ants, Myrmecocystus loves to eat termites when they can be gotten.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) carrying insect prey back to nest
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) carrying insect prey back to nest
Myrmecocystus mimicus worker (foreground), with two winged males in the background.
Myrmecocystus mimicus worker (foreground), with two winged males in the background.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) (center and lower right) being kept in their nest by small Forelius pruinosus ants (upper left). The Forelius ants spray an offensive secretion on the Myrmecocystus.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) (center and lower right) being kept in their nest by small Forelius pruinosus ants (upper left). The Forelius ants spray an offensive secretion on the Myrmecocystus.
Myrmecocystus mimicus winged queen, with workers and a male ant in the background.
Myrmecocystus mimicus winged queen, with workers and a male ant in the background.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), closeup of worker carrying insect prey.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), closeup of worker carrying insect prey.