Nylanderia parvula, the most northerly species in its genus in North America.

I’m always vaguely embarrassed to admit to not having photographed common ants appearing in my yard. So with great relief, I can now say I’ve shot Nylanderia parvula, an adorable little formicine that nests under the bricks of our front walkway.

Nylanderia parvula

Distinguishing among the many similar, small species of Nylanderia can be tricky. This one is relatively easy, however. Nylanderia parvula is the only uniformly dark-colored species in eastern North America that has no standing setae on the antennal scapes.

photo details
Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/250 sec
diffuse twin flash