Pseudomyrmex apache
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Many tree-nesting ants do not excavate their own tunnels through wood but instead take advantage of openings created by other insects.  The nest of this Pseudomyrmex twig ant inhabits a cavity carved by the larva of a wood-boring beetle.

USA AZ Pima Co.: E Catalina Highway 
32º17'N 110º45'W 830m. 17.vii.2007.
Ant nest in dead wood of living Palo Verde tree.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.