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last updated 21.July.2007

Ant Males

The wasp ancestry of ants is readily apparent in the appearance of male ants.  Males are usually produced by ant colonies only at particular times of the year, and their primary function is to spread a colony's genes by mating with young queens from other nests.  Males of most species are adapted for winged dispersal and consequently have well-developed wings, flight muscles, and disproportionately large eyes.  A few species, such as the Formicoxenus pictured below, have wingless worker-like males.

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Acromyrmex versicolor

Acromyrmex versicolor

Amblyopone pallipes



Camponotus punctulatus

Crematogaster cerasi

Cyphomyrmex wheeleri

Dorymyrmex bicolor

Formica argentea

Formica integroides

Formicoxenus diversipilosus

Lasius alienus

Lasius flavus

Lasius nearcticus

Linepithema humile

Linepithema humile

Linepithema humile

Liometopum occidentale

Neivamyrmex nigrescens

Neivamyrmex swainsonii

Neivamyrmex harrisi

Neivamyrmex harrisi

Odontomachus clarus

Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Prenolepis imparis

Rhytidoponera sp. nr. metallica

Solenopsis (Diplorhoptrum) sp.

Solenopsis invicta 

Tapinoma sessile

Temnothorax  sp. cf. rugatulus

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