Acromyrmex versicolor - Leaf-Cutter Ant
Southern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Acromyrmex versicolor has the most northerly distribution of all leaf-cutters.  While most species are tropical, A. versicolor is found in the Sonoran desert of the American southwest. 

USA, CA: Riverside Co., 7 km W Chiriaco Summit
31.xii.2004  33º39'N 115º48'W, 470m
Sonoran (Colorado) desert
#AW2593, voucher specimens deposited at 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.