An oddity

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This odd little beast crawled out of a leaf litter sample from a mesic oak/pine forest in Florida. Ten points to the first person who picks what it is.

(Not sure what you'll do with ten points.  But hey.  You're all a creative lot.)

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Hypoponera punctatissima?

By MrILoveTheAnts (not verified) on 27 Jun 2009 #permalink

Darn!

MrILTA beat me to it, and I really needed those points!

The oddity here is that this is a male ant, worker-like in form, rather than the usual winged and waspy sort.

By James C. Trager (not verified) on 27 Jun 2009 #permalink