Myrmecocystus mimicus

    

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Myrmecocystus mimicus worker standing perched on a rock. The ants often pause on top of pebbles and rocks, seeming to look around. I don't know why they do this, though....
Myrmecocystus mimicus worker standing perched on a rock. The ants often pause on top of pebbles and rocks, seeming to look around. I don't know why they do this, though....
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker carrying insect prey back to nest
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker carrying insect prey back to nest
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker gathering nectar from young prickly pear cactus bud. The ant's gaster is so distended that it looks like a balloon ready to pop.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker gathering nectar from young prickly pear cactus bud. The ant's gaster is so distended that it looks like a balloon ready to pop.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, closeup of head.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, closeup of head.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, grooming on prickly pear cactus bud.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, grooming on prickly pear cactus bud.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, grooming on prickly pear cactus bud.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, grooming on prickly pear cactus bud.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, closeup of head.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker, closeup of head.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker guarding nest entrance.
Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant), worker guarding nest entrance.