Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA
Formica ravida is a nest-founding social parasite on other species of Formica. This queen has just completed her mating flight and is off in search of a suitable host colony to inflitrate.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.