Veromessor pergandei is among the most commonly seen seed harvesting ants in southern California. Colonies of this species contain worker ants of different sizes, while most other seed harvesters in the region have monomorphic workers. Here, a major worker carries a seed back to the nest.
Anza Borrego Desert, California, USA
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