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White Footed Ants - Technomyrmex difficilis

White Footed Ants - Technomyrmex difficilis
Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
July 8, 2012
These little ants have been the topic of a lot of my conversations lately. My friends know that I'm curious about bugs and they tend to tell me when they notice them. These ants are easy to overlook outside in the foliage, but when they trail into buildings they sure get your attention! I think that they're white footed ants.

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These are indeed White footed ants (Technomyrmex albipes)
Quite remarkable is the diminutive size of the reproductive females (the two winged individuals) vs the workers'. This genus must be extremely polygynous, even more so than its close relative Tapinoma.
One can expect these small virgin winged females behave very much like workers (e.g. by helping taking care of the brood, but even by following foraging trails outside the nest, like on this pic) in their mother nest, before swarming.

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