Messor pergandei - Harvester Ant
Southern California, USA
Messor are commonly seen seed harvesting ants in southern California. Colonies of this species contain worker ants of different sizes, while most other seed harvesters in the region have monomorphic workers. Here a major worker carries a seed back to the nest.
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