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planet of the ants part 1 - Lasius claviger - male

planet of the ants part 1 - Lasius claviger - Male
Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
September 18, 2010
One of three photos depicting the one-day swarm of ants in my neighborhood. This swarm happens every year in fall, but only now have I been able to capture it in photo form. If you stepped outside, you'd get ants in your face. And I did. Because I made the mistake of riding my bike outside that afternoon.
It seems that there are different kinds of ants in this swarm. I saw this one, bright orange ones, and bulky ones with big jaws. Are they different ant species? Ants from the same colony?


Species ID?
How did you determine the species? Could they be a different member of the genus? Furthermore L. claviger parasitizes other Lasius ants. Could this be one of the hosts?
I don't know much about these ants; I just want to know how the determination was made. Also, how do you tell a male from a queen?

I moved this to species and added the gender because someone else told me that these ants were all the same species. The comment is on the other photo. I don't know much about ants either.

I see
So James Trager made the determinations, good!

Moved from Ants.

Lasius is common
In my limited experience the common fall swarming ants are Lasius. Other reproductives I have seen are either one or two at a time (e.g. Formica, Camponotus) or common in spring (Prenolepis).

Ant swarms
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