Cephalotes rohweri - Turtle Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Cephalotes major workers are the tanks of the ant world.  The rounded plate on the head is only slightly smaller than the entrance hole for a colony, and the majors use them as living doors to the nest.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson Mountains
32º03'N 111º06'W 950m. xi.2007.
Ex Parkinsonia Palo Verde tree, Sonoran Desert.

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