Neivamyrmex harrisi - army ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Male army ants are highly specialized creatures.  Their large eyes help them navigate as they try to locate colonies where they may find potential mates, and their elongate mandibles are used to grasp queens during mating.

USA AZ Pima Co.: 
Rincon mountain foothills.
At Blacklight.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.