Cyphomyrmex flavidus
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Cyphomyrmex are small, cryptic fungus-gardening ants related to the well-known leaf-cutter ants.  Unlike the leaf-cutters, Cyphomyrmex do not cultivate their fungus with live vegetation but instead feed it caterpillar droppings and other scavenged debris.

USA AZ Santa Cruz Co.: Sycamore Canyon, 
24km WNW Nogales. 1200m 31º25´N 111º12´W 
11.xi.2006 Oak-Juniper woodland, nest under stone.
A. L. Wild #AW2866, voucher specimens in ALWC.

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