Over at MyrmecosBlog there is an interesting example of why Wikipedia isn’t a good idea as a reference source. Whatever their proper name, and I always thought of this Queensland rainforest ant as a Strumigenys, I think this is one of the ants in question. Of course, relying on Macromite as a source of ant identifications is about as good an idea as using Wikipedia for a term paper, but I thought a post to all those organisms that make themselves more interesting by eating mites was in order. And while I am at it, a doulbe hurrah for the poison dart frogs that gain their noxious toxins from eating both ants and mites.
Re the ant: I can’t remember if this is a black ant or a red ant, but red constrasts with the background. This isn’t a great job of masking, but ants have way too many hairs. If anyone wants to see some better SEMs of ants and their parts, they should check out Roberto Keller’s Archetype Blog.