Lasius (Acanthomyops) arizonicus - Citronella Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Lasius arizonicus ants are common insects but are rarely seen above ground, as they inhabit extensive subterranean nests where they tend mealybugs for honeydew.  

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Huachuca Mts, Miller Canyon. 1810m.  31º24.7´N 110º16.8´W  Riparian forest, nest under stone.  #AW2832, voucher specimens at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.