Myrmecocystus navajo
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Myrmecocystus honeypot ant species come in three basic color patterns, depending on the time of day that they forage.  The orange/yellow species such as this M. navajo are nocturnal.  These ants were photographed leaving their nest entrance to forage shortly after dusk.

USA AZ Cochise Co. 3 km SW Willcox 32º13.04'N 109º46.92'W 1270m.  10.viii.2005.  Chihuahuan desert dunes, nest in soil. #AW2674, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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