Pogonomyrmex barbatus - Harvester Ant
Northern Mexico

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Harvester ant nests are dominant features of southwestern landscapes.  Colonies of the red harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus clear large, circular discs around their nests, often with visible foraging trails leading away.

Mexico, Sonora: 50km E Nogales
Los Fresnos Ranch.
1600m 31º19.58´N 110º22.30´W 
iv.2006  Recently burned grassland.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 17-40mm f4/L wide angle lens.