Mycetosoritis hartmanni
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

 Nests of the small Texan attine ant Mycetosoritis hartmanni are externally inconspicuous, marked only by a ring of excavated soil and an entrance hole scarcely wider than the ants themselves.
USA TX Bastrop Co.: 8 km NNW Smithville
140m 30º05.1´N 97º10.1´W 
22.iii.2007 Oak-Pine forest, nest in sandy soil.  #ALW2901

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 100mm f2.8 USM macro lens.