Camponotus vicinus
Truckee, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A young queen carpenter ant grooms herself.  Most ants are meticulous in their personal hygiene.

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