Solenopsis invicta - Red Imported Fire Ant
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

The red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta, introduced from South America, is a major insect pest in the southeastern United States.  Fire ants interfere with farming activities, displace beneficial native insects, damage electrical equipment, and pose health risks associated with their aggressive stinging behavior.

USA TX Travis Co.: Austin
140m 30º17´N 97º47´W 20.xi.2006

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