Lasius alienus
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Inside a nest of Lasius alienus. The lighter colored workers, called callows, have recently emerged from pupae and will darken as they age.  The winged ants are males.

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