Messor andrei - Harvester Ant
Northern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

On a cold spring day, harvester ants cluster around their nest entrance to warm up in the sun before heading out to forage for seeds.

USA CA: Stanislaus Co.  Del Puerto Canyon, Frank Raines State Park.  7.v.2005  37º25.2'N 121º22.3'W, 340m. Pine-Oak-Juniper Woodland. 
#AW2613, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm USM macro lens.