Thaumatomyrmex atrox

Thaumatomyrmex is a rarely seen spider-like ponerine ant of Neotropical forests. These beguiling insects are specialized predators of spiny polyxenid millipedes, and their pitch-fork jaws allow the ants to keep prey at a distance while carefully stripping away the spines.


photo details:
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100-200, 1/200sec, f/13
twin flash diffused through tracing paper