Formica moki
McLaughlin UC Reserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Large reproductive larvae in the nest of Formica moki, spring 2003.  This species holds mating flights in the early summer, after larvae such as these mature into winged males and queens.

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