Lasius (Acanthomyops) claviger
Gannett Hill, Ontario Co., New York, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Lasius (Acanthomyops) are nest-founding parasites.  Following this young queen's mating flight, she will attempt to enter the nest of a Lasius species, kill the resident queen, and coopt the Lasius worker force to raise out her own offspring.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.