Aphaenogaster cockerelli - thread-waisted harvester ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2008
A thread-waisted harvester ant at the nest entrance.  The long hairs on the underside of the head help the ant to dig in sandy soil.
USA AZ Pima Co.: Catalina foothills.
32º15'N 110º43'W 830m. iii.2008

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.