Solenopsis molesta
Santa Cruz, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Solenopsis molesta, the thief ant, is one of the smallest Californian ants. This nest was under a stone in serpentine chaparral.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro lens.