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Arboreal Ants Use the “Velcro® Principle” to Capture Very Large Prey

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Carton Azteca andreae nest and group ambush technique.

(A) A carton nest on a Cecropia obtusa. (B) Underside of a young C. obtusa leaf with numerous ambushing A. andreae workers placed side-by-side along the leaf margin. A black hymenoptera is spread-eagled near the principal vein. (C) A sphingid moth was captured during the night and was still struggling when we photographed it in the morning. (D) Detail of the position of ambushing workers.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0011331.g001