Aphaenogaster occidentalis
Northern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A queen Aphaenogaster ant in the brood nest.

USA CA, Placer Co.: nr. Emigrant Gap  13º17'N 120º41'W, 1470m
Pseudotsuga forest, nest under stone.

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