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Turtle Ant

Cephalotes sp.

Description:

Turtle Ants are a very diverse group of ants known by the peculiar phisiology of the heads of the worker class, this allows them to serve as doors to their colonies and glide through the air while steering as they fall. They are also easy to spot thanks to the spike-like protuberances that grow in their thorax.

Habitat:

Neotropical Forest

Notes:

This Turtle Ant was not only found alone but it was chewing this weird yellow substance, which is probably tree sap, however, I don't know why she was doing that, perhaps she was gathering organic material for the colony but I cannot tell for sure, if anybody knows more about this please don't hesitate to tell me about it.

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1 Comment

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

Fascinating.

Nimbid Ditavi
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Nimbid Ditavi

Meta, Colombia

Spotted on Jul 31, 2015
Submitted on Jul 31, 2015

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