Pogonomyrmex - Alex Wild Photography
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Pogonomyrmex californicus

Pogonomyrmex californicus

Most members of the genus Pogonomyrmex have a basket-like structure on the underside of their head made from long hairs. Called the psammophore, it helps the ants carry loose sand in low-humidity climates where sand grains do not stick together easily. Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

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