Neivamyrmex wilsoni
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Even in the United States, many ant species are still essentially unknown to science.  This small army ant was recently discovered and was formally described in 2007 from a couple of collections in southern California.  This colony was found under a rock in an open juniper/oak grassland in the Mojave Desert.

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