Solenopsis aurea - fire ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Inside the brood nest of one of North America's native fire ants, Solenopsis aurea.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, 7 km WSW Portal 31º53'N 109'12'W 1650m Oak-Juniper woodland, under stone.
9.viii.2005   #AW2666, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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