Pogonomyrmex (Ephebomyrmex) imberbiculus
Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Pogonomyrmex imberbiculus lacks the long hairs (the psmammophore) present on the underside of the head of most of the larger members this genus This small desert ant is considered to be among the most primitive of North American Pogonomyrmex.

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