Monday Night Mystery

We haven’t done an ant mystery for ages. So here you go:


Although I photographed this little ant in Florida, it could just as easily have been in a number of tropical places.

Five points each for the first person to pick the genus and the species.

The cumulative points winner for the month of May will win either 1) any 8×10 print from my insect photo galleries, or 2) a guest blog post on the (safe-for-work) topic of their choosing.


  1. #1 JasonC.
    May 17, 2010

    My first guess: Temnothorax palustris?

  2. #2 James C. Trager
    May 17, 2010

    Wasmannia auropunctata

  3. #3 JasonC.
    May 17, 2010

    I’ll have to say my final guess would be Tetramorium simillimum, or at least “near T. simillimum”.

  4. #4 Julie Stahlhut
    May 17, 2010

    Damn, JCT beat me to W. auropunctata. She is an awfully cute for such a pesky little ant, though.

  5. #5 Joshua King
    May 18, 2010

    Dang, I am too slow today. James, how’s the Polyergus treating you these days?

  6. #6 Venkata
    May 18, 2010

    This photograph is fantastic. In fact, in several ways, insects are much developed than us. They have their own societies and culture. Only because of our arrogance, we think we are more developed.

  7. #7 James C. Trager
    May 18, 2010

    Darn, I jumped the gun on this one. I think Jason has it. Either that, or it’s the recently characterized Formica microflava.

    @ Josh — Still some difficulties out west…

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