Even in the United States, many ant species still remain to be discovered. This small Cryptopone was uncovered accidentally while the photographer excavated a nest of Trachymyrmex ants in Arizona. Cryptopone has never been recorded west of Texas, and this ant apparently belongs to a species that previously had not been known.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.