Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA
A queen Amblyopone ant in the brood nest with eggs (lower right) and larvae. This species has multiple queens in a single nest, and it is possible that this ant's missing hind leg was removed in a dominance fight with another queen. Queens and workers are similar in appearance in Amblyopone, but queens have larger eyes and a bulkier mid-section.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.