Lasius (Acanthomyops) occidentalis - Citronella Ants
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A young winged queen and workers of the citronella ant.  Queens of this species are scarcely larger than the workers, a common trait among parasitic ants.  This species normally starts colonies as social parasites in the nests of other Lasius species.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Chiricahua Mountains, Pinery Canyon 31º58.25'N 109º19.65'W 1720m. 15.viii.2006.  Oak-Juniper Woodland, under stone.
A.L.Wild, coll. #AW2855, voucher specimens in ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens.