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Ponerinae ant - Ponera pennsylvanica

Ponerinae ant - Ponera pennsylvanica
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
April 12, 2006
Size: 3 + 4mm

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Moved from Ponerinae.

Even more interesting...
Than I had previously thought.
Under closer examination, the uppermost big female proves to be an APTEROUS gyne (it has a more worker-like alitrunk than the lower one, with no wing buds). Nonetheless, as shown by her swollen gaster, she does lay eggs in this colony.
That means that this species, like many Ponerine ants, has at least two kinds of sexual females, some of them wingless just like workers.

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