This image reveals a worker Jumping Ant – Harpegnathos saltator – murdering the queen. 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. 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.


This photo won Kalyan Varma the Sanctuary Asia Photographer of the Year award in 2005 and BBC’s Best of 2008 in BBC Wildlife Magazine.