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Prenolepis imparis – winter ant (queen)
Photo details: Canon mp-e 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D
ISO 100, f13, 1/250 sec, diffused flash
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.
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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