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Unwilling Ant Farm - Linepithema humile - female

Unwilling Ant Farm - Linepithema humile - Female
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
Everybody assumes it must be an Argentine Ant. I know better! There are more than one small brown ant in California!

This touching larva rescue followed my watering of a small potted plant in a bay window. preceding the water draining out of the bottom was a stream of ants. Apparently, they'd made a home inside the flower pot. I found the larvae to be interesting. In some of them the antennae are remarkably detailed, even though they are merely sculpted into the white mass, no appendages being free of the the one piece engraved white mass. The branch they are traversing is significantly smaller than my pinky finger in diameter. The ants are very small!

I think the most developed larvae have more of a yellowish tint.

Sorry to disappoint, but definitely Argentine ant, especially with that habitat description. California's other little brown ants live in wild places.

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