Iridomyrmex sp.
Victoria, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Iridomyrmex ants are one of the most ubiquitous and diverse elements of the Australian ant fauna.  Here an ant of a nocturnal species works on the nest mound.

Australia, VIC: Yandoit, c. 18 km SW Castlemaine. 
37º11.310'S 144º04.765'E, 290m, 7.x.2005 
Dry Sclerophyll, nest in soil, ants active after dark.

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