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More Male Legionary Ants? - Neivamyrmex - male

More Male Legionary Ants? - Neivamyrmex - Male
Madera Canyon, Pima County, Arizona, USA
July 26, 2013
Found at lights on the 2nd night of the gathering, near the end of the road at Madera Canyon. That's not far from Florida Station, where the male ant below came to lights on the preceeding night.

From comparison to other BugGuide images (and help from Bob Carlson & friend), I'm thinking that both these are some species of Neivamyrmex. The comments under the post below indicate that females of that genus are wingless, and males commonly come to lights.

While knowing that these were ants, Ken Wolgemuth referred to them by the playfully descriptive common name..."sausage flies" :-) Although potentially misleading, in implying the wrong order, that's nevertheless a fun and memorable name!

Images of this individual: tag all
More Male Legionary Ants? - Neivamyrmex - male More Male Legionary Ants? - Neivamyrmex - male

Moved from Ants.

Most likely N. harrisi, witho
Most likely N. harrisi, without a good face shot showing the mandibles it is difficult to be 100% though.

I'll look to see if I have a shot of mandibles.
If I don't, maybe someone else at the gathering will have photographed this species and have gotten a good face shot. It would be nice if we could verify N. harrisi, as it would be a new species for the guide.

I was at the Jul 26, 2013 Madera Canyon event, and collected a Neivamyrmex. It may be the same species. I've finally gotten around to taking high resolution images of it, and have posted a set. They should suffice to ID it to species.

Thanks for the update, Ed
Those are amazingly detailed shots!

Glad Gordon S. was able to ID that one to species. I don't know what the criteria are for specific I'll leave my posts at genus for now. If at some point Gordon indicates a species for mine, I'll move them.

N. harrisi was very common at
N. harrisi was very common at the gathering. I photographed a couple there myself and collected several males all of which were that species.

I didn't get any images of mandibles
But if you're 90% sure these are N. harrisi, I'm willing to make a species page and move them (many species pages are started with a < 100% certainty of determination :-).

Better yet, if you got any diagnostic pictures of the mandibles, it would be great if you could post them...I'd make a species page tout suite in that case.

PS: I guessed I missed you at the gathering. Would have enjoyed meeting you...I've happily learned much from your comments on BugGuide.

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