Pogonomyrmex barbatus - red harvester ant
New Mexico, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Harvester ants are territorial and often fight with ants from other nests that stray too close.

USA NM Hidalgo Co.: 4 km NW Rodeo
1240m  31º53´N 109º03´W  6.viii.2005 
Chihuahuan Desert  #AW2646, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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