Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

The name Pogonomyrmex means "bearded ant", referring to the the long hairs on the underside of the head, visible here on the ant at left. These hairs comprise the psammophore, which is used for digging.

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