Neivamyrmex swainsonii - army ant male
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Army ant males are most commonly seen at night.   They sometimes end up at lights as they disperse on wing from their natal colonies.  This army ant, Neivamyrmex swainsonii, is a broadly-distributed species found from the southern United States to northern Argentina.

USA AZ Santa Cruz Co.: South end of Peña Blanca Lake. 1180m.  31º24.1´N 111º05.3´W 
18.vii.2007.  At blacklight, 2230hr.  Oak-Mesquite woodland. #AW2915, voucher specimen at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens.