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Photo#82781
black ant - Dolichoderus taschenbergi

black ant - Dolichoderus taschenbergi
Albany, Carroll County, New Hampshire, USA
October 11, 2006
Size: 4.3mm

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black ant - Dolichoderus taschenbergi black ant - Dolichoderus taschenbergi

D. pustulatus?
The propodeum on the worker appears somewhat rectangular, which seems to fit D. pustulatus better than D. taschenbergi. D. pustulatus can also be black. Compare to the propodeum on this image:

Thanks Richard!!!
When I saw these I thought they might be different. They were in a small colony of at least 30, under some loose bark.

 
Then the queen was no so "young"...
as I thought. She is actually the queen of a small, but established, colony. As we say in French, "Rome is in Rome again" :-).

Dolichoderus taschenbergi - new for BG
An unmistakable species of this genus in North America, as it is the only one with a jet black color (sometimes more brownish in the South). A dealated female or young queen (left) together with a worker (right).
Were these both individuals the only ones? If so, this would be quite an unusual situation, and even an enigma.

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