Aphaenogaster albisetosa - harvester ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

The mass emergence of termites at the start of monsoon season is a bonanza for ants.  Here a harvester ant adds another captured termite carcass to the food pile.

USA AZ Santa Cruz Co.: South end of Peña Blanca Lake. 1180m.  31º24.1´N 111º05.3´W 
18.vii.2007.  Ants gather termites after dusk termite emergence, Oak-Mesquite woodland. 

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.