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July 31, 2020

Size comparison of turtle ant soldier and worker

Size comparison of a turtle ant soldier (left) and worker. The soldiers evolved to have large armored heads that help them block entrances to their colony from invaders.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants DEB 1442256 and DEB 1442256.]

Learn more in the George Washington University news story CCAS researcher sheds light on 'bizarre' turtle ant evolution. (Date image taken: July 19, 2018; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 31, 2020)

Credit: Scott Powell, George Washington University

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