Solenopsis xyloni - native fire ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2008

Fire ants are not often thought of as granivores, but they do sometimes consume seeds.  Here, a worker uses her mandibles to pry grass seeds off the stalk.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
32º14.24'N 110º56.44'W 750m. iii.2008
Urban lot.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.