Myrmica americana
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Identification of Myrmica species can be difficult, as Myrmica has a great many species in the north temperate zone that are morphologically similar.  However, the configuration of the antennal scape at the base is often diagnostic; here M. americana displays its characteristic upturned flange.

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