Camponotus laevigatus
Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado County, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Shining black, Campotnous laevigatus is among the most beautiful of the large western Carpenter ants.

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