Tetramorium caespitum - Pavement Ant
Washoe County, Nevada, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Neighboring nests of pavement ants often fight extended territorial battles as colonies expand in the spring.  The unfortunate ant in the center has been outnumbered by ants from an opposing colony.

USA, NV, Washoe Co.: 5 km S Nixon, 39º48'N 119º21'W, 1185m
Riparian Populus forest.  #AW2386, voucher specimens deposited in ALWC and MHNG.

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