● Madera Canyon (Whitehouse Picnic Area), AZ [el. 1364 m / 4474 ft] view location in Google Maps »
● 11/05/2010 9:32AM sunny, windy, air temp: 22°C / 71°F
[IMAGE 7 of 9 ] Two days later, at a different nest in the same area... this time, a supermajor entered the nest area of a neighboring colony. She was soon engaged by a supermajor, and minors of the home colony. As the intruder was held fast by the defenders, another ’home’ supermajor used her powerful mandibles to easily break through the intruder's head capsule. This left a gaping hole in the ant's right occipital lobe. Minors assisted by pulling on the legs and antennae of the intruder. For the purposes of these images, I refer to the colony that is being attack (or intruded upon) as the 'home' colony.