Iridomyrmex sp. (purpureus group) - Meat Ant queen
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

A young meat ant queen searches for a place to start a nest.  Notice the iridescent sheen of the integument that gives these ants their generic name.

Australia, VIC: Little Desert National Park
10x.2005  36º28'S 141º39'E, 200m
Dry scrub forest, sandy soil.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.