Formica incerta
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Ants sometimes serve as pollinators, although their flightlessness renders them less efficient than winged insects like flies and bees.  Here a Formica ant, covered in pollen, feeds at the nectaries of a wild carrot.

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