Tenuirostritermes tenuirostris - Nasute termite
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

The only native nasute termites in the United States are in the genus Tenuirostritermes, found in the Southwest.  The long snout on this soldier termite is used to project a sticky defensive secretion.  The larger worker termites (background) do not have the snout.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, 7 km WSW Portal.
1600m  31º53´N 109º12´W  9.viii.2005 
Open Oak-Juniper Woodland. #AW2690, voucher specimens stored at ALWC.

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