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

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Myrmecocystus honeypot ants inhabit hot, arid regions in western North America.  During the heat of the day the ants will often take refuge from the sun-baked ground to cool off on small twigs.

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