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tiny yellow ants - Solenopsis

tiny yellow ants - Solenopsis
Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
April 21, 2006
Size: 1.7mm
Extremely small ants again.

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Now that...
we have quite a lot of workers under various angles, identification is quite easy! These - really tiny and nearly blind - yellow workers are Myrmicinae of the subgenus Diplorhoptrum of genus Solenopsis. That is, they are dwarf relatives of the fire ants.
Your superb shots are challenging the classical view that good ant pictures can only be got through a binocular lens. Nonetheless, this one remains necessary for a sure ID to species level.

Next year
I'm planning on budgeting for a 65mm macro lens that will give really detailed pictures. The 100mm lens I'm using has a 1 to 1 ratio, and the 65mm has a 5 to 1 ratio. In other words, the pictures would be magnified 5 times what they are now, and I wouldn't loose much when I enlarge the image.

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