Solenopsis invicta - red imported fire ant
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

Portrait of a fire ant.  The medial clypeal tooth- a trait whose presence distinguishes the imported fire ant from native fire ants in North America- is visible as the middle of the three small teeth along the lower margin of the head.

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.