Liometopum luctuosum
Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado County, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Velvety tree ants (Liometopum) derive their common name from the thick, velvety pubescence that covers their bodies. This species usually nests in the dead interior of living conifer trees.

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