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Ectatomma tuberculatum : Nature Closeups

Ectatomma tuberculatum

February 17th, 2011 - 5:17 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 1 Comment

12mm | January 17, 2011

Cahuita NP, Limon Province, Costa Rica

These ants, Ectatomma tuberculatum, were easily found on the vegetation shown above. Not sure what the plant is, but it dominated the coastal trail near Puerto Vargas within Cahuita National Park. The white plant parts shown attracted quite a variety of critters. I think the ants above (possibly the same ant) are waiting in ambush. Below, I tried to catch one on the move.

Dorsolateral view

I found an interesting story while reading about this ant. A USDA biologist, O.F. Cook, was convinced this species could help control the impact of boll weevils on cotton production. In the early 1900’s he introduced it to cotton fields In Texas, but it failed to colonize.

Reference:

Latin American Insects and Entomology
by Charles L. Hogue

One Response to “Ectatomma tuberculatum”

  1. […] away. These broad-headed bug nymphs (Family Alydidae) were easily found on the same foliage where I saw some Ectatomma ants. Perhaps those ants are the model for this mimic. The caption for this photo certainly suggests […]

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