Formica occulta
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Formica occulta is a common black ant in coniferous forests of the Southwestern United States. Here worker ants scramble to carry pupae to safety when their nest is disturbed by a marauding photographer.

This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission. To obtain permission to use this image, please email Alex Wild. (alwild (at)  Most of the photographs on are reduced from their original size and compressed for more efficient web transmission.  In some cases, higher quality versions are available.

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