● Madera Canyon (Whitehouse Picnic Area), AZ [el. 1364 m / 4474 ft] view location in Google Maps »
● 11/03/2010 9:37AM sunny, windy, air temp: 21°C / 70°F
[IMAGE 4 of 9 ] As the intruding major is pinned down by 6-8 defending minors, an enormous ‘home’ supermajor arrives and surveys the scene below. In the lower-left corner of the image, the gaster (rear abdominal body part) of the trapped intruder can be seen. The supermajor nipped at the trapped intruder’s gaster a few times, but did nothing else. In this case, the home minors appeared to have the situation under control, and still had the (apparently dying) intruding major pinned down when I left the area. Also note the damage to the supermajor's enormous head, and a missing antenna - presumably the results of previous battles. For the purposes of these images, I refer to the colony that is being attack (or intruded upon) as the 'home' colony.