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Army Ants (65) More files... by Dr. Mark W. Moffett
Dr. Moffett's in-depth look into the ranks of Panama's aggressive ants uncovers massive bivouacs, acrobatics, intraspecies battles, piercing mandibles and extensive relocation projects.

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Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) soldier is cornered by smaller worker of rival Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) species, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751035 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) soldier is cornered by smaller worker of rival Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) species, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© 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 i) soldier fighting two smaller workers of rival army ant (Eciton hamatum) species. The two colonies sparred for an hour in a chance meeting and retreated without fatalities, Barro Co...  -  Mark Moffett
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00751028 Army Ant (Eciton i) soldier fighting two smaller workers of rival army ant (Eciton hamatum) species. The two colonies sparred for an hour in a chance meeting and retreated without fatalities, Barro Co...© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) worker fighting with another Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) species, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751034 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) worker fighting with another Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) species, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751095 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751094 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, 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 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 hamatum) workers of different sizes link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751043 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) workers of different sizes link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751096 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) workers linking to one another toe to toe, building a new bivouc for the day, hundreds of thousands of ants will eventaully join in, 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 sp) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members climb from one leaf to another, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751041 Army Ant (Eciton sp) workers form a bridge along the trail for colony members climb from one leaf to another, 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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00751037 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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00751038 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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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 of different sizes link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751078 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers of different sizes link toe to toe forming a massive nest or bivouac, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton sp) workers of different sizes carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751045 Army Ant (Eciton sp) workers of different sizes carrying pupa 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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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) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751047 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton sp) workers of different sizes carrying pupa while migrating, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751048 Army Ant (Eciton sp) workers of different sizes carrying pupa while migrating, 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 sp) queen, who lives up to several years, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751076 Army Ant (Eciton sp) queen, who lives up to several years, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) carrying leaf, about to be landed on by tiny parasitic fly which will attempt to lay an egg on the submajor, the egg will then hatch into a larva which will consume the an...  -  Mark Moffett
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00751082 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) carrying leaf, about to be landed on by tiny parasitic fly which will attempt to lay an egg on the submajor, the egg will then hatch into a larva which will consume the an...© 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
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) worker carrying food back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751071 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) worker carrying food back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying section of dismembered prey back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751072 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying section of dismembered prey back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751086 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751085 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751089 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751087 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751088 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751093 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751090 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry large prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751092 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry large prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying food back to nest, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751073 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carrying food back to nest, 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) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751083 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry section of dismembered prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751091 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry section of dismembered prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton i) submajor and smaller workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751051 Army Ant (Eciton i) submajor and smaller workers carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers of different sizes carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751053 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers of different sizes carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers of different sizes carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751052 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers of different sizes carry food back to colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry dead prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751066 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry dead prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751084 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) workers carry prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major workers carrying prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751075 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) major workers carrying prey back to feed colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) soldier's mandibles are curved like fishooks which soldiers cannot extract once they've bitten a victim, thereby dooming themselves, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751098 Army Ant (Eciton burchellii) soldier's mandibles are curved like fishooks which soldiers cannot extract once they've bitten a victim, thereby dooming themselves, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker or soldier, whose main job is defending the colony, biting human finger with sharp and powerful mandibles, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751044 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker or soldier, whose main job is defending the colony, biting human finger with sharp and powerful mandibles, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751030 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Mark Moffett
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00751031 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting finger mandibles while stinging which turns the finger red. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Mark Moffett
Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting human. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island  -  Mark Moffett
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00751097 Army Ant (Eciton hamatum) major worker biting human. Also called a soldier, its primary job is defending the colony, Barro Colorado Island© Mark Moffett
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