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Alate Formicid? - Brachyponera chinensis - male

Alate Formicid? - Brachyponera chinensis - Male
Swannanoa, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
June 11, 2011

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Alate Formicid? - Brachyponera chinensis - male Alate Formicid? - Brachyponera chinensis - male

Nice find. The downward curved spinous projection at the tip of the abdomen that characterizes males in this genus is visible.
When you see the picture of the worker of this species linked below, you'll be amazed at how different they look. But note similarity of the form and color, of the propodeum.

Thanks Dr. Trager
I feel stupid now as I had seen a nest with alates a few days later and didn't make the connection. I should post pics of the queens, as bg doesn't have any. BTW, P. chinensis is extremely common here, another invasive species. I can't think of anything that they endanger here though... It's neat to see them harvesting termites (They got tons of alates this year when the termite mating flight occured (we also saw T. species E harvesting them)


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