Photographed this weekend in Dixon Springs, Illinois:
These Aphaenogaster lamellidens foragers have discovered a live centipede and are attempting to pull it from its burrow.
photo details: Canon mp-e 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D
ISO 100, f/11-f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper
Spectacular! What a great series of shots--and what a great struggle to witness.
I wonder if there was an Amblyopone pallipes pulling at the other end??
lol, great thought James.
That's a great sequence. Did the centipede attempt to fight back once it had been pulled out?