Tetramorium caespitum, the pavement ant
Davis, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

A pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum) carries a pellet of excavated soil out of her nest.  Pavement ants are native to Europe but have become one of the most common urban ants in North America.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.