Leptothorax oxynodis
Santa Cruz, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Leptothorax oxynodis is one of the least encountered Californian ants. It appears to be restricted to nesting in certain types of conifers, in this case knobcone pine (Pinus attenuata).

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