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Marauder Ants (66) More files... By Dr. Mark W. Moffett
On the floor of an Indonesian rainforest Mark Moffett photographs thrilling battles, seething nests and carefully crafted attacks amid Marauder Ant colonies. Exhibiting a trait known as polymorphism, the species has evolved with different physical castes, each specializing in its own social tasks - soldiers, workers and queen cooperate to keep the colony alive.
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) major worker ant smashes the mid-section of a long centipede caught during a raid, which the smallest minor worker ants have pinned down, Celebes Island, Indonesi...  -  Mark Moffett
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00091181 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) major worker ant smashes the mid-section of a long centipede caught during a raid, which the smallest minor worker ants have pinned down, Celebes Island, Indonesi...© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) worker attacking human finger, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091182 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) worker attacking human finger, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) nest chamber showing brood, prey and large replete workers, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091183 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) nest chamber showing brood, prey and large replete workers, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) queen next to minor worker, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091185 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) queen next to minor worker, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) swarm attacking photographer Mark Moffett's legs, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091186 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) swarm attacking photographer Mark Moffett's legs, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton sp) queen with eggs attached to abdomen, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091187 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton sp) queen with eggs attached to abdomen, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trunk trail with soil sides and partial soil cover, extending through the leaf litter in Johor, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091188 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trunk trail with soil sides and partial soil cover, extending through the leaf litter in Johor, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker cutting twig impeding trail, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091189 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker cutting twig impeding trail, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor workers pin down a frog while major workers deal the death blows, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091191 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor workers pin down a frog while major workers deal the death blows, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying earthworm back to nest, with two minor workers riding on prey as guards, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091194 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying earthworm back to nest, with two minor workers riding on prey as guards, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) swarm carrying earthworm back to nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091195 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) swarm carrying earthworm back to nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Blue Bottle Fly (Bengalia sp) perched on leaf above Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trail, waiting to grab food from ants, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091197 Blue Bottle Fly (Bengalia sp) perched on leaf above Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trail, waiting to grab food from ants, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying lizard egg back to nest, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091198 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying lizard egg back to nest, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying seed to nest, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091199 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying seed to nest, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) rearing up with open jaws in threat posture, guarding the trunk trail, southern India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091200 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) rearing up with open jaws in threat posture, guarding the trunk trail, southern India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), minor worker trail guards facing aggressive Army Ants (Leptogenys sp), Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091201 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), minor worker trail guards facing aggressive Army Ants (Leptogenys sp), Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) pair defending the trunk trail from intruding Army Ant (Leptogenys sp) pair, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091202 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) pair defending the trunk trail from intruding Army Ant (Leptogenys sp) pair, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker killing an intruder who tried to get through the trunk trail, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091205 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker killing an intruder who tried to get through the trunk trail, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carries off the body of an intruder Ant (Diacamma sp) who tried to get through the trunk trail, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091206 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carries off the body of an intruder Ant (Diacamma sp) who tried to get through the trunk trail, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologoten diversus) group harvesting the coat of a palm tree nut, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091208 Marauder Ant (Pheidologoten diversus) group harvesting the coat of a palm tree nut, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker carrying minor workers on its back, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091209 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker carrying minor workers on its back, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker carrying minor workers on its back  -  Mark Moffett
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00091211 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker carrying minor workers on its back© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor workers attacking termite soldier at front lines of a raid, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091212 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor workers attacking termite soldier at front lines of a raid, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) major worker crushing termite soldier that little minor workers are pinning down, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091213 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) major worker crushing termite soldier that little minor workers are pinning down, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) media worker extracting grass seeds that minor workers carry away, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091215 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) media worker extracting grass seeds that minor workers carry away, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying a worm back to their nest, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091216 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group carrying a worm back to their nest, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker lifting twig from trail with head, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091218 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), major worker lifting twig from trail with head, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), minor workers of two colonies fighting, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091220 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus), minor workers of two colonies fighting, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) close up of two battling minor workers pulling on each other after fighting for nearly an hour, antennas and limbs begin to pop off under the strain, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091221 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) close up of two battling minor workers pulling on each other after fighting for nearly an hour, antennas and limbs begin to pop off under the strain, 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
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker with minor workers showing vast size difference of the caste members, approximately 9x magnification, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091225 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) portrait of major worker with minor workers showing vast size difference of the caste members, approximately 9x magnification, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trail with soil walls, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091226 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) trail with soil walls, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) swarm, tens of thousands of advancing ants can cover several square meters and attack anything that gets in their path, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Johor, Ma...  -  Mark Moffett
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00091227 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) swarm, tens of thousands of advancing ants can cover several square meters and attack anything that gets in their path, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Johor, Ma...© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) swarm, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Johor, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091228 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton silenus) swarm, Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest, Johor, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers removing debris that accumulates near the nest, India  -  Mark Moffett
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00091236 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers removing debris that accumulates near the nest, India© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) male (on top) mating with winged virgin queen males mate and then die, they do not serve any other purpose to the colony  -  Mark Moffett
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00091237 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) male (on top) mating with winged virgin queen males mate and then die, they do not serve any other purpose to the colony© Mark Moffett
Safari Ant (Dorylus laevigatus) workers moving in a dense mass, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091243 Safari Ant (Dorylus laevigatus) workers moving in a dense mass, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Spiny Ant (Polyrhachis sp) group harvesting honeydew from treehoppers, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091244 Spiny Ant (Polyrhachis sp) group harvesting honeydew from treehoppers, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Antler-jawed Ant (Myrmoteras sp) kills prey with special trap jaws which can open 280 degrees and spear prey with pitch-fork tips, Malaysia  -  Mark Moffett
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00091246 Antler-jawed Ant (Myrmoteras sp) kills prey with special trap jaws which can open 280 degrees and spear prey with pitch-fork tips, Malaysia© Mark Moffett
Ant (Pheidole sp) group killed by Ants (Lophomyrmex sp), which cut them apart with fine-toothed saw manibles, Borneo  -  Mark Moffett
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00091251 Ant (Pheidole sp) group killed by Ants (Lophomyrmex sp), which cut them apart with fine-toothed saw manibles, Borneo© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor worker on the head of a major worker from the same nest, the major worker shown here has a head width almost exactly ten-fold that of the minor, 56mm versus...  -  Mark Moffett
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00093049 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) minor worker on the head of a major worker from the same nest, the major worker shown here has a head width almost exactly ten-fold that of the minor, 56mm versus...© Mark Moffett
Ant (Philidris sp) feeding on the oily orange spores of a host fern The ant lives in the fern's stem, where it drags nutrient rich debris to create compost for the fern, Borneo.  -  Mark Moffett
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00127741 Ant (Philidris sp) feeding on the oily orange spores of a host fern The ant lives in the fern's stem, where it drags nutrient rich debris to create compost for the fern, Borneo.© Mark Moffett
Entomologist Hamish Robertson examines fynbos shrub which depends on Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton sp) to plant its seeds like gardeners, Cape Town, South Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00129282 Entomologist Hamish Robertson examines fynbos shrub which depends on Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton sp) to plant its seeds like gardeners, Cape Town, South Africa© Mark Moffett
Entomologist Hamish Robertson examines fynbos shrub which depends on Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton sp) to plant its seeds like gardeners, Cape Town, South Africa  -  Mark Moffett
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00129283 Entomologist Hamish Robertson examines fynbos shrub which depends on Marauder Ants (Pheidologeton sp) to plant its seeds like gardeners, Cape Town, South Africa© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers retrieve seeds, and tear them apart for a meal, Namibia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129286 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers retrieve seeds, and tear them apart for a meal, Namibia© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers retrieve seeds, and tear them apart for a meal, Namibia  -  Mark Moffett
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00129287 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) workers retrieve seeds, and tear them apart for a meal, Namibia© 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
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration  -  Mark Moffett
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00750239 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) carrying brood during emigration© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) kill older queen ant in nest and drag her outside, Singapore  -  Mark Moffett
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00750240 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) kill older queen ant in nest and drag her outside, Singapore© Mark Moffett
Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group of major and minor workers collecting seeds from harvest grass, major worker pulls seeds out and hands them to minor workers  -  Mark Moffett
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00750241 Marauder Ant (Pheidologeton diversus) group of major and minor workers collecting seeds from harvest grass, major worker pulls seeds out and hands them to minor workers© Mark Moffett
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