Neivamyrmex opacithorax - Army Ant
Close-up of an army ant worker. Notice the eyes, reduced to a barely-noticeable single facet along the side of the head. Most army ant species rely on chemical and other non-visual sensory cues, as vision is of little use for these largely subterranean ants.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.