Myrmecocystus placodops
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Honeypot ants characteristically leave the nest to forage in periodic bursts.  These workers have just emerged from the nest entrance as part of a much larger group of outbound ants.

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