This animal has a rather curious name in Spanish: “Perro Zompopo”, which would translate to “Dog Leaf-cutter Ant”, but does not make any sense. I have always wondered why someone chose such a weird name for this magnifient individual. The first time I had the opportunity to see one of them was in July 2021, during a night hike at Yatama Ecolodge. As a photographer, I would have wished for a different location with a better background, but anyways just watching it cling to those lianas was good enough as an observer. I long for the time I will see them again.

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