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Brown wasp with red on legs

Brown wasp with red on legs
Española, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
July 3, 2010
Size: 1 cm?
Hanging out after a rainstorm. The plant, if it makes a difference, is red-hot poker, Kniphofia.

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Brown wasp with red on legs Brown wasp with red on legs

It is definitely tempting to call this Camponotus, but this is difficult to call given the low resolution and odd dorsal angle. Now that I have typed that, it also seems that this specimen may be a Formica.

Male ant
This is a male ant in the subfamily Formicinae.

Moved from Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and Stinging Wasps.

That possibility didn't occur to me.

The long scape, which makes the antennae look elbowed, helps in identifying this as an ant. Some male ants don't have this feature, but for the majority of them, it is a good character to use.

Thanks again.
I'll look for that from now on.

Moved from ID Request in hopes of expert attention (and in the hope that it belongs here).

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