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Ant - Monomorium minimum

Ant - Monomorium minimum
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
January 9, 2006
Size: 2-3 mm
Found these little ants walking in a line on the garden border. These two have different shaped abdomens, but I'm pretty sure they are the same species.

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Ant - Monomorium minimum Ant - Monomorium minimum

Moved from Monomorium.

One is "fatter"
The difference in abdominal shape and dimmensions reflects the fact that one has recently taken a large liquid meal, and has a full crop. This one is probably the common Monomorium minimum, though I can't resist mentioning that a less common, semiarboreal species, M. trageri, also occurs in the area. The two are distinguishable by hair counts.

Moved from Ants.

Thanks for the help
George. I guess I should have linked the images together, as my comment doesn't make much sense otherwise. :)

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