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unknown ant - Pseudomyrmex gracilis

unknown ant - Pseudomyrmex gracilis
Okeechobee County, Florida, USA
October 24, 2009
This fairly large ant was on a handrail.

Moved from Pseudomyrmex.

Pseudomyrmex gracilis - foundress queen
Distinguished from basically similar - and hardly smaller - workers by larger ocelli, but also presence of a mesoscutellum and of remnants of wing bases.

Pseudomyrmex gracilis - foundress queen
Thank you so much for the ID on the ant. I really know nothing about ants but thought it was quite neat. Where do I go to read about a foundress queen? Thanks again very much

What we call a "foundress queen" in ants...
is a formerly winged, reproductive female. She sheds off her wings after having mated and will start a colony of her own - or more accurately try to do so - by finding a suitable shelter. In case of success, she will be the mother queen of the new colony.
Every good entomological guide explains at least the summary of the ants' life cycle. Nowadays, a lot of info can be found on the Internet too.

Thank you so much. That was
Thank you so much. That was a great. There is always something new to learn. That is what makes all of these little insects so interesting.

Moved from Ants.

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