Formica neoclara
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Formica neoclara is a common riparian ant in the California Sierra Nevada.  Here workers tend aphids for honeydew on a young lodgepole pine tree.

USA, CA, Nevada Co.: Sagehen Creek Field Station.
12.vii.2004, 39º26'N 120º14'W, 1920m
Wet meadow, ex Pinus contorta.

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