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Atta Texana alate - Atta texana - female

Atta Texana alate - Atta texana - Female
Lake Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA
May 31, 2006

Queen, but not an alate...
Alate refers to the winged form. After the queen mates, her wings drop off and she digs a chamber to lay her eggs in. The workers that hatch from these eggs do all future digging and foraging. Photo showing all castes, note that the female alate has a larger head than does the male alate.

 
Ah
So then I should only call them alates while their wings are still attached?

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