An Odd Ant

Proceratium californicum

San Mateo Co., California

From Antweb:

This rarely collected ant is known from valley oak (Quercus lobata) riparian woodland in the Central Valley and from adjacent foothill localities (oak woodland; chaparral; grassland). It is presumed to be a specialist, subterranean predator on spider eggs. Alates have been collected in April and May.

photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon D60

f/13, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, twin flash diffused through tracing paper


  1. #1 paulmcnelis
    April 22, 2008

    Interesting Ant for sure!

    What a fascinating website and excellent photos! Good to see another insect macro photographer!

    I’ve added you to my blogroll! Looks like I’ll be visiting your site quite frequently.


  2. #2 paulmcnelis
    April 22, 2008

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