National Geographic : 1974 Jul
OPISTHOPSISHADDONI,38 TIMES LIFE-SIZE Grasshopper look-alike makes its home in nests underneath termite mounds in Australia. Many ant species develop symbiotic relationships with other insects, acting as guests, slaves, or herders. TETRAMORIUM CAESPITUM,53X Skinny rabbit ears are actually the antennae of the common pavement ant (upper right), which nests under city sidewalks. This European species stowed away aboard ships bound for the New World. Huge pincer jaws suit the blind army ant of Panama (left). Following chemi cal trails blazed by scouts, soldiers go forth in large battalions after prey as formidable as small lizards. Nomadic creatures, army ants bivouac in hollow trees where they clutch each other to form a protective mass around the queen and her brood. ECITONHAMATUM,40X Crablike carapace shields the head of a rare South American ant (below) from enemy ants and wasps. MERANOPLUSSPINOSUS,60X ZACRYPTOCERUSCLYPEATUS,30X Bristly New Guinean deters rain-forest foes with a faceful of spines (above). Some of her cousins from more arid climes harvest and store seeds for a winter food supply.