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Ant Superorganism (60) More files... by Mark Moffett
Ants, like people, live in groups of millions but unlike us, individuals don't pursue their own goals. Their colonies function as one organism, working together to build enormous civilizations right beneath our feet. Mark takes us among the complex culture where ants work together to tend their young, hunt and collection food for the group, fight of intruders and construct elaborate homes.
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127830 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together to make a nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129249 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group grab an adjacent leaf and stem with mandibles and toes and pull, gradually binding them together to make a nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) colony climbing over leaves to reach new feeding grounds, Papua New Guinea
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00025948 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) colony climbing over leaves to reach new feeding grounds, Papua New Guinea© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) colony climbing over leaves to reach new feeding grounds, Papua New Guinea  -  Mark Moffett
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00027397 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) colony climbing over leaves to reach new feeding grounds, Papua New Guinea© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group repairing leaf nest, Papua New Guinea
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00107088 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group repairing leaf nest, Papua New Guinea© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111436 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111437 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111439 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111442 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) workers carrying leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) in fungus garden, Guadaloupe  -  Mark Moffett
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00111469 Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex octospinosus) in fungus garden, Guadaloupe© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta sexdens) comes in a variety of worker sizes, each one has a special function in the society, here one of the smallest workers carries fungus around, planting wherever there is a n...  -  Mark Moffett
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00111472 Leafcutter Ant (Atta sexdens) comes in a variety of worker sizes, each one has a special function in the society, here one of the smallest workers carries fungus around, planting wherever there is a n...© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex sp) workers stop on the trail to identify each other with antenna strokes, batteries of antennal receptors instantly inform each of them that the other ant is a member of th...  -  Mark Moffett
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00111481 Leafcutter Ant (Acromyrmex sp) workers stop on the trail to identify each other with antenna strokes, batteries of antennal receptors instantly inform each of them that the other ant is a member of th...© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) if workers sense a Phorid fly attack has occurred, they gather around the affected ant and groom it vigorously to remove egg, Belize  -  Mark Moffett
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00111499 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) if workers sense a Phorid fly attack has occurred, they gather around the affected ant and groom it vigorously to remove egg, Belize© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Apterostigma sp) in fungus garden, these ants use insect droppings and corpses as a base for their fungus gardens which often grown in sheets, Belize  -  Mark Moffett
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00111520 Leafcutter Ant (Apterostigma sp) in fungus garden, these ants use insect droppings and corpses as a base for their fungus gardens which often grown in sheets, Belize© Mark Moffett
Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) ants taking leaves to nest, French Guiana  -  Mark Moffett
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00111533 Leafcutter Ant (Atta cephalotes) ants taking leaves to nest, French Guiana© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group killing Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae), Gombak, Malaysia
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00126771 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla longinoda) group killing Leaf Beetle (Chrysomelidae), Gombak, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia
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00127736 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus schmtzi) on tendril of host Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes bicalcarata), Borneo, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) queen surrounded by guards, marches along as the ants shift the site of their nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00127837 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) queen surrounded by guards, marches along as the ants shift the site of their nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Meranoplus sp) group tending Leaf Hoppers, Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129256 Ant (Meranoplus sp) group tending Leaf Hoppers, Mt Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker carrying many minor workers, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091222 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker carrying many minor workers, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) workers guarding aphids, carrying adults from place to place, Pasoh, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129272 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) workers guarding aphids, carrying adults from place to place, Pasoh, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) group outside their nest, which protects their queen, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129278 Herdsman Ant (Dolichoderus cuspidatus) group outside their nest, which protects their queen, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Azteca sp) queen, in her host (Cecropia sp) tree, surrounded by workers and larvae in native colony, Manu, Peru  -  Mark Moffett
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00129405 Ant (Azteca sp) queen, in her host (Cecropia sp) tree, surrounded by workers and larvae in native colony, Manu, Peru© Mark Moffett
Macaranga (Macaranga sp) plant stipules, which provide globules of fat for ants living within its interior  -  Mark Moffett
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00129427 Macaranga (Macaranga sp) plant stipules, which provide globules of fat for ants living within its interior© Mark Moffett
Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) group returning to their home nest at the conclusion of a slave raid, grey slave ant carries one of their pupa, near Lake Tahoe, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00439789 Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) group returning to their home nest at the conclusion of a slave raid, grey slave ant carries one of their pupa, near Lake Tahoe, California© Mark Moffett
Ant (Dorymyrmex sp) workers climbing on a larger Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex maricopa) to lick her body clean, Portal, Arizona  -  Mark Moffett
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00439792 Ant (Dorymyrmex sp) workers climbing on a larger Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex maricopa) to lick her body clean, Portal, Arizona© Mark Moffett
Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) group eating a piranha on the banks of the Parana River, northern Argentina  -  Mark Moffett
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00439794 Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile) group eating a piranha on the banks of the Parana River, northern Argentina© Mark Moffett
Ant (Crematogaster sp) group along the trail of a large nest, Ghana  -  Mark Moffett
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00439797 Ant (Crematogaster sp) group along the trail of a large nest, Ghana© Mark Moffett
Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) female worker positioning mandibles to pierce the head of an ant from an alien nest, Sagehen Creek, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00445295 Amazon Ant (Polyergus sp) female worker positioning mandibles to pierce the head of an ant from an alien nest, Sagehen Creek, California© Mark Moffett
Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) pair defending against Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) attack, Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00478117 Weaver Ant (Oecophylla sp) pair defending against Driver Ant (Dorylus nigricans) attack, Africa© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group attacking scorpion, Cambodia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479828 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group attacking scorpion, Cambodia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group linking up in a chain to create a bridge to another tree branch, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479830 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group linking up in a chain to create a bridge to another tree branch, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group tending aphids on fruit, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479832 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group tending aphids on fruit, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) trio from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479834 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) trio from two different colonies fighting over territory, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) colony envelops the queen to protect her from harm, Daintree, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00479839 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) colony envelops the queen to protect her from harm, Daintree, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Slave-maker Ant (Protomognathus americanus) colony living in a hollowed-out acorn with orange-colored slave Ants (Temnothorax sp) tending the brood, Ohio  -  Mark Moffett
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00521722 Slave-maker Ant (Protomognathus americanus) colony living in a hollowed-out acorn with orange-colored slave Ants (Temnothorax sp) tending the brood, Ohio© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration  -  Mark Moffett
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00750238 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii), large soldier is cornered by workers of rival army ant (Eciton hamatum) species. The two colonies sparred for an hour in a chance meeting and retreated without fatalities...  -  Mark Moffett
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00751026 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii), large soldier is cornered by workers of rival army ant (Eciton hamatum) species. The two colonies sparred for an hour in a chance meeting and retreated without fatalities...© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751033 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751039 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751040 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members to cross, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751046 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) minor workers, working together to dismember prey, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751050 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) minor workers, working together to dismember prey, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major and minor workers protecting colony food cache, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751063 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major and minor workers protecting colony food cache, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751064 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major and minor workers carry dead prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751067 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major and minor workers carry dead prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) small minor workers grooming sub-major ant, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751070 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) small minor workers grooming sub-major ant, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupae while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751077 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupae while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupae while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751080 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupae while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751081 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) submajor worker carrying section of dismembered centipede back to nest as media worker behind her lifts dragging end, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
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