Pheidole desertorum
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A multi-queen colony of Pheidole desertorum, a common ant of southwestern North American deserts.  Represented here are the three female castes: queens (center), major workers (upper left), and minor workers. It is not uncommon for some ant species to have multiple reproductive queens.

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