Aphaenogaster picea
Upstate NY, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

An Aphaenogaster ant carries a mosquito carcass back to her nest.  Ants are the most important scavengers in many terrestrial ecosystems.

USA NY, Ontario Co.: 2 km SW Bristol Springs, Gannett Hill.  6.vii.2005 42º42'N 77º24'W, 640m. Quercus  forest.

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