Solenopsis amblychila - fire ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

In addition to the infamous imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta), North America is home to several native fire ant species such as this southwestern species, S. amblychila.  The native species are not generally regarded as pests.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Chiricahua Mountains, Pinery Canyon 31º58.25'N 109º19.65'W 1720m. 15.viii.2006.  Oak-Juniper Woodland, under stone.
A.L.Wild, coll. #AW2850, voucher specimens in ALWC.

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