Liometopum occidentale - California Velvety Tree Ant
Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

On a warm summer night, male Liometopum ants emerge from a nest entrance in an old oak tree.  In this species, males (like the winged ant pictured at center) are much larger insects than workers.

USA CA: Solano Co.  Cold Canyon entrance.  26.v.2005  38º30.667'N 122º05.841'W, 100m
Riparian oak woodland.
AW#2630, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC.

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