Pogonomyrmex californicus
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Pogonomyrmex californicus is one of the most common ant species in the deserts of southwestern North America.  They are large, alert seed harvesting ants.  Note the long hairs (the psammophore) on the underside of the head.

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