Ponera pennsylvanica
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

A Ponera worker pulls a pupa to safety after its nest was exposed by the photographer. Ponera pennsylvanica is a common soil-dwelling ant in eastern deciduous forests.

This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission. To obtain permission to use this image, please email Alex Wild. (alwild (at)  Most of the photographs on are reduced from their original size and compressed for more efficient web transmission.  In some cases, higher quality versions are available.

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