Formica oreas
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Formica oreas is recognized by the extensive covering of short erect hairs covering the body, emerging even from the surface of the compound eyes.

USA, CA, Alpine Co.: 2 km S Carson Pass. 14.vii.2004, 38º41'N 119º59'W, 3000m
Alpine meadow.
#AW2433, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC and MHNG.

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