Pointy abdomen that is black
Inactive ant colony
Little orange guy was miniscule, and apparently dead. Did not see any other tiny orange ants around.
Probably M. andrei, but I didn't get any pics that show the flange around the base of the scape.
smaller than Formica japonica.
larger than Ochetellus glaber.
Common in the house.
Often seen with aphids.
These observations were part of an aphid and bacterial symbionts survey. I collected aphids and took pictures of the plants and other insects in this fascinating ecosystem. Any help with identification would be appreciated.
A large number of similar ants were found under a rock. Found at 2:15 on Sept 8th. Brought home and photographed 4 days later on a styrofoam picnic plate. These were much smaller than most other ants I've seen. Body length was 3.5 mm.
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender...