Neivamyrmex opacithorax - Army Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

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.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Chiricahua Mtns., 18km 275º W Portal, 1800m, 31º57´N 109º19´W
11.viii.2005  Oak-pine-juniper woodland in Pinery Canyon, in rotting log.   #AW2689, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC & UCDC.

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