Trachymyrmex sp.
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Two nestmates of a fungus-gardening ant species.  The yellow ant at right has recently emerged from its pupa and will darken with age.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, 7 km WSW Portal.
1600m  31º53´N 109º12´W  9.viii.2005 
Open Oak-Juniper Woodland, nest in soil
#AW2665, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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