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Bulldog Ants (25) More files... by Mark Moffett
Fearless and beligerent, the inch-long bulldog ant of Australia uses her sharp vision and venomous stinger to track and subdue formidable prey. In a month of observing red bulldogs (Myrmecia gulosa) photographer Mark Mofffett and entomologist Robert Taylor discovered these solitary predators often lie in wait to ambush their prey yet have a soft side - caring for young and the queen inside their nest.Text by Mark Moffett.
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker on flowers awaiting to ambush Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751108 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker on flowers awaiting to ambush Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker catching Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751109 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker catching Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey back to nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751107 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey back to nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey back to nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751106 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey back to nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia desertorum) holding bee in mandibles, poisonous ant potentially lethal to humans, adults feed primarily on nectar but larvae are carnivorous and eat insects collected by workers,...  -  Mark Moffett
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00750460 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia desertorum) holding bee in mandibles, poisonous ant potentially lethal to humans, adults feed primarily on nectar but larvae are carnivorous and eat insects collected by workers,...© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia desertorum) holding prey in mandibles, poisonous ant potentially lethal to humans, adults feed primarily on nectar but larvae are carnivorous and eat insects collected by workers...  -  Mark Moffett
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00750459 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia desertorum) holding prey in mandibles, poisonous ant potentially lethal to humans, adults feed primarily on nectar but larvae are carnivorous and eat insects collected by workers...© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker stinging Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) in the neck, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751103 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker stinging Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) in the neck, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751104 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) prey, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker grabbing Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) in the face, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751105 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker grabbing Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp) in the face, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) workers rushing from nest mound and attacking camera, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751101 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) workers rushing from nest mound and attacking camera, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker laying an infertle egg that will be fed to queen or larva, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751111 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker laying an infertle egg that will be fed to queen or larva, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker feeding egg to queen, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751112 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker feeding egg to queen, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker cuts cocoon to help newly formed adult emerge, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751100 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker cuts cocoon to help newly formed adult emerge, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker covering larva with pebbles to help it spin its silken coccoon, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751120 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker covering larva with pebbles to help it spin its silken coccoon, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), minor worker tending small larvae, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751114 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), minor worker tending small larvae, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) larva reared up begging for food from minor worker, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751115 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) larva reared up begging for food from minor worker, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), minor worker beneath major worker, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751113 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), minor worker beneath major worker, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker grooming another's abdomen, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751119 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker grooming another's abdomen, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) workers inspecting each other with antennae identifying each other as nestmates, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751110 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) workers inspecting each other with antennae identifying each other as nestmates, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying stone out of nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751116 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker carrying stone out of nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751117 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751118 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) worker scooping sand from nest, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), recently-emerged light colored worker, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751122 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa), recently-emerged light colored worker, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pheidole sp) group harvesting Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) carcass, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751102 Ant (Pheidole sp) group harvesting Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) carcass, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) nest excavated by Robert Taylor, eastern Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00751123 Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia gulosa) nest excavated by Robert Taylor, eastern Australia© Mark Moffett
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