Solenopsis invicta - red imported fire ant
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

The red imported fire ant is one of the most damaging pest insects in the southern United States.  This species is native to Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina and was accidentally introduced to Alabama around 1940.

USA TX Travis Co.: Austin
140m 30º17´N 97º47´W 21.iii.2007

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.