Neivamyrmex opacithorax - Army Ant Queen
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

A worker army ant (top left) carries a queen army ant in the same style as army ants carry brood and prey items, slung under the body and dragged across the substrate.  Notice the difference in size among the workers, and between the workers and the queen.

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.