Prenolepis imparis - Winter Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Some members of Prenolepis ant colonies specialize as living storage units, their abdomens swollen with food.  They can regurgitate food for their nestmates when needed.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Huachuca Mts, Miller Canyon. 1810m.  31º24.7´N 110º16.8´W  Riparian forest, nest under stone.  #AW2828, voucher specimens at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.