Solenopsis (Diplorhoptrum) sp. - Thief Ant
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Ants can show extreme morphological differences among nestmates.  Here a large winged male thief ant prepares to depart on a mating flight, surrounded by his much smaller sisters. 

USA AZ Pima Co.: Tucson
730m 32º14.3´N 110º58.0´W 
7.vii.2006, Urban Lot, nest under stone.
A. L. Wild #AW2838, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.