Camponotus vicinus
Truckee, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Queen ants are born with wings and use them only once, to power their mating flights. Here is a young winged Camponotus queen.

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