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Southern Fire Ant?  - Solenopsis

Southern Fire Ant? - Solenopsis
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 20, 2020
Size: 1.3mm
Very strange to find an ant like this in Toronto. Can a species be put on it? Interested in comments about its provenance...

Definitely not xyloni or any of the larger fire ants - this is one of the small species of thief ant. All of the species described from up there are very unicolored, and typically light yellow. In fact, the only bicolored small Solenopsis speicies in the US seems to be Solenopsis picta, which is a southeastern species and very far out of range in Ontario. The only explanation for this ant is either something new or a weird color morph of a known species.

iNat link here for reference.

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