Pheidole xerophila
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Many Pheidole are harverster ants.  Here a minor worker of the common southern Californian desert species Pheidole xerophila carries a seed back to her nest.

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