Myrmecocystus mexicanus - honeypot ant nest
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

The distinctive crater mound nest of the honeypot ant, Myrmecocystus mexicanus.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Huachuca Mountains, S side Carr Canyon 31º26'N 110º17'W 1750m. viii.2006.  Oak-Juniper Woodland.  Nest in Soil.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 17-40mm 4.0 wide-angle lens.