Lasius (Acanthomyops) californicus
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA
Symbiosis: Citronella ants tending subterranean mealybugs. The ants derive much of their nutrition from mealybug secretions, and the mealybugs are protected and carried to new plants by their ant hosts. Also notice that the ant at the upper right has a mite riding on its abdomen.
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