Formica obscuriventris
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

This Formica ant exposes its mouthparts as it grooms. Visible between the mandibles are (top to bottom) the labrum, maxillae, and labium.  The longer appendages on the outside are the maxillary palps, the short, inside appendages are the labial palps.

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