Trachymyrmex septentrionalis
Texas, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2007

 Trachymyrmex septentrionalis is the most northerly of the attine fungus-growing ants, reaching as far north as New Jersey and Illinois.  Attines as a group are more typically tropical.  Here, a worker ant carries excavated soil out of her nest.

USA TX Bastrop Co.: 8 km NNW Smithville
140m 30º05.1´N 97º10.1´W 
22.iii.2007 Oak-Pine forest, nest in sandy soil.  #ALW2900

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.