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Ant?? - Anergates atratulus

Ant?? - Anergates atratulus
Repentigny, Lanaudière County, Quebec, Canada
August 26, 2007
Size: 3 mm
On weeds.

Excellent pic. And nice find.

Parasitic Myrmicine Ant
A VERY interesting post indeed. This strange sexual - I can't even tell the gender - reminds of Anergates atratulus, a parasite of Tetramorium ants in Europe.
You should submit this - excellent- picture to a Canadian Ant expert.

Thanks Richard and Jeff.
I have forwared a request to a Canadian ant expert and wait for an answer.

Anergates male
This is a male of Anergates atratulus! Great pic!
It's probably the first record in Canada.
The species has been introduced to NE-America long time ago, together with its host species Tetramorium cf. caespitum (the pavement ant).
Usually the males don't leave from their mother nest but mate with their winged sisters inside.
Here are a couple more pics, mainly of gynes:
A. Buschinger

Anergates atratulus
Thanks very much for the identification and information.

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