Gelis sp.
Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Although this little insect looks like an ant, it is actually a parasitic ichneumonid wasp.  True ants have "elbowed" antennae with a long first antennal segment

USA CA, El Dorado Co.: 16 km E Georgetown, Blodgett Forest.  22.v.2005 38º55'N 120º40'W, 1260m.  Partially logged coniferous forest.
#AW2424, voucher specimen deposited in ALWC.

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