Prenolepis imparis
Santa Cruz, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Prenolepis imparis, the small honey ant, conducts mating flights in the early spring in California. Here is a non-reproductive worker ant (left) with a male ant (right) at the nest entrance. The male flew away a few seconds after this picture was taken.

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