Brachymyrmex patagonicus - alate queen
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Queen ants of most species begin their adult lives with wings, and only lose them after they fly away to mate and start a new colony.  This tiny Brachymyrmex queen is only a few millimeters long.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
730m 32º14.3´N 110º58.0´W 
21.iv.2006 Urban Lot, at blacklight 2100hr.
A. L. Wild #AW2812, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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