Formica sybilla
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Ants are efficient scavengers.  In many terrestrial ecosystems, a surprising amount of biomass is consumed and recycled by ants.  Here a Formica worker ant carries part of a dead ground beetle she has found back to her nest.

USA CA, El Dorado Co.: 16 km E Georgetown, Blodgett Forest.  22.v.2005 38º55'N 120º40'W, 1260m.  Partially logged coniferous forest.

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