Acromyrmex versicolor - Desert Leaf-Cutter Ant
A mating ball of Acromyrmex leaf-cutter ants. These are formed after a young, unmated queen flies to a swarm of male ants and drops to the ground surrounded by potential mates.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm/2.8 macro lens.