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Worker Ant Carrying a Large Piece of Cut Grass

Caption: An ambitious ant carries a large piece of cut grass back to the nest. Worker ants grow specialized hypertrophied neck-muscles during development that allow them to lift and carry objects many times their own weight. Queens, which are otherwise genetically similar, do not have this adaptation

Credit: Alex Wild, http://www.alexanderwild.com

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