Aphaenogaster “Red Leaf Cutter” Ant Analysis

This is an up-close look at what I believe is an “aphaenogaster” red leaf cutter ant.

Aphaenogaster "Leaf cutter" Ant
Aphaenogaster “Leaf cutter” Ant
Torso of a red "leaf cutter" ant showing the legs/joints
Torso of a red “leaf cutter” ant showing the legs/joints
Ant Leg
Ant Leg

Ant Leg with hooks/spikes so it can climb vertical walls.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    The ventral side was exquisite.. More pics if possible would be great.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    It’s almost like ball and socket joints – beautiful. I wonder how insects avoid being dessicated but still maintain a lubricated joint?

    Cheers
    Manu

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