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Ant by Kalyan Varma
This brilliant and aesthetically beautiful image reveals a worker jumping ant Harpegnathos saltator murdering a queen. The image was shot in Karnataka’s BRT Wildlife Sanctuary in the southern Western Ghats. The queen had just torn off her own wings after a successful mating and was scouring the forest floor in search of a suitable nest site. To minimise predation, queens time their exodus from natal nests only when they are absolutely ready to mate. Though this de-alated queen was ‘murdered’ a large number of her sisters successfully established nests, thus completing their life’s mission – passing on the colony’s genes.