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Discothyrea testacea

Discothyrea testacea
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
October 3, 2011
Size: ~1 mm
Caught sweeping grass.

Oh, I'm so sorry...
I already donated it to the University of Texas Insect Collection.

Good enough for me.
Good collection. I'll let the ant web folks know, in case they want to visit or borrow it and make high-res images...

I looked this one up ...
"Ants of North America" by Fisher & Stefan and their photo of Discothrea testacea shows an ant with vestigial eyes. Might this one be a male?

Big eyes
Sorry to take a while to get back to this, Diane.

Fisher and Cover's image is of a worker. Your specimen is not a male, but a winged female (potential queen). These have fully developed compound eyes.

By the way, I am quite certain that Dr. Fisher (at Cal. Acad. of Sciences Entomology Dept.) would be most appreciative to receive this specimen for the AntWeb collection.

I still have the specimen if anyone is interested.
This one was caught sweeping low grass (probably not native) near the San Marcos River in an area that is surrounded by tall oaks, cedar elms and sycamores.

This is the first image of this tiny, cryptic, proceratiine ant at BG! They are rarely seen alive, typically only as specimens in a Berlese or Winkler sample.
Can you provide more details of the habitat around the swept grass?

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