Formica argentea
Truckee, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Formica ants engaged in nestmate transport.  The ant in front has curled up into a pupal position, allowing her nestmate to carry her by her mandibles.  Many ant species show similar behavior.

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