Pogonomyrmex californicus - California Harvester Ant
Churchill Co., Nevada, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A worker Pogonomyrmex harvester ant, photographed at night in the Great Basin Desert.  Notice the long hairs on the underside of the head, the psammophore, which the ant uses to dig in the desert sand. 

USA, NV, Churchill Co.: Sand Springs Dune 7.vii.2004, 39º17'N 118º25'W, 1200m
Great Basin Desert, on sand dunes,  2200hr.
#AW2409, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC and MHNG.

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