Myrmecocystus mimicus
Carrizo Plain Nat'l Monument, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

The entrance to a Myrmecocystus honeypot ant nest.  Honeypot ants typically leave the nest in bursts such as these, such that a nest will appear alternately extremely busy and  nearly lifeless.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.