Messor lariversi - harvester ant
Churchill Co., Nevada, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A Messor worker carries the carcass of a corixid bug back to her nest. M. lariversi is a nocturnal ant of the Great Basin Desert in western North America.  As in many nocturnal ants, this species is light in color and has large eyes.

USA, NV, Churchill Co.: Sand Springs Dune 7.vii.2004, 39º17'N 118º25'W, 1200m
Great Basin Desert, on sand dunes, 2200hr.
#AW2410, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC and MHNG.

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