As we noted previously, Eciton hamatum army ants feed on the brood of other social insects.
Their erstwhile prey, however, sometimes mount a defense. Ferocious little Azteca ants on the Jatun Sacha station grounds seemed to know what the army ants were up to and weren’t having any of it. This photo series depicts Azteca guards capturing and killing Eciton raiders that stepped into their territory.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens & 12mm extension tube
on a Canon EOS 7D camera
ISO100-200, f/14, 1/250 sec
indirect strobe bounced off overhead white paper