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Apocephalus and carpenter ants - Apocephalus coquilletti - female

Apocephalus and carpenter ants - Apocephalus coquilletti - Female
Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North Carolina, USA
July 4, 2012
I noticed what I thought was a hoverfly hanging around with some carpenter ants that were clearly very agitated, vibrating their abdomens and basically looking like they were in a fight, though the only thing I could see was this small fly. After looking around, I'm fairly sure this is a female Apocephalus coquilletti

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