Monday Night Mystery: The Curious Case Of the Two-Dimensional Ant

Many years ago I lived on the fringes of the great Mbaracayú forest in eastern Paraguay. One day, while walking along a stream bank in the forest, I saw one of the weirdest ants I’ve ever laid eyes on. It was big, black, and looked like it could be folded up flat and tucked into a book.

flat mystery

Your questions are:

1. What is this two-dimensional ant? (to species, 5 points).
2. Where does it make its nests? (5 points).

Points will be awarded to the first correct guess for each question, and the cumulative points winner across all mysteries for the month of March will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!


10 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery: The Curious Case Of the Two-Dimensional Ant”

  1. James C. Trager

    I saw these in riparian woodland (cerradão) in the the savannas of Mato Grosso, BR. Never found a nest though. Seems well formed to nest under bark of dead limbs and snags.

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