Pogonomyrmex rugosus - rough harvester ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2008

A detailed look at the psammophore, a basket of long hairs used to transport soil. Psammophores are common in many different groups of desert ants. 

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
32º14.24'N 110º56.44'W 750m. iii.2008
Urban lot, nest in soil.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.