Pogonomyrmex rugosus - harvester ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2008

A harvester ant worker pulls grass seeds off the stalk. Ants store the seeds in underground chambers to carry them through times of drought.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
32º14.24'N 110º56.44'W 750m. iv.2008
Urban lot, ants harvesting grass seeds.

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