Myrmecocystus tenuinodis
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Not all honeypot ants are large and conspicuous.  Honeypots in the subgenus Eremnocystus are small and dark with relatively inconspicous nests.  Here a worker emerges from the nest while several of her nestmates wait in the entrance.

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