Martineziana dutertrei Fire Ant Beetle
Any insect that can fool an ant nest’s security system gains access to rich stores of food. Martineziana scarab beetles are found only in colonies of Solenopsis fire ants where they feed on the ants and their brood. This beetle was collected from a red imported fire ant mound at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin, Texas.
photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper