Prenolepis queen

Prenolepis imparis – winter ant (queen)

Urbana, Illinois

Photo details: Canon mp-e 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D

ISO 100, f13, 1/250 sec, diffused flash


  1. #1 JasonC.
    April 4, 2010

    Is Prenolepis more closely related to Lasius and/or Brachymyrmex than to other formicines, or are the similarities just secondary? I mean, they both have tiny males and tiny workers, and their queens also do look similar.

  2. #2 James C. Trager
    April 4, 2010

    More closely related to Nylanderia and Paratrechina. Trouble is, most non-parasitc formicine queens look a lot alike, one of the reasons for mainly worker-based ant taxonomy.

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