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Monday, November 18, 2013

Citronella Orange Ants

These are probably Citronella (Acanthomyops) ants although I thought at first they are Pharoah ants. They were surprisingly found on tree bark in Kerala, India although they are supposed to be native of North America. So I thought perhaps they are Pharoah ants (which are native to Indonesia and Africa) but finally concluded that they are Citronella as these type of ants make nests in rotting wood. Pharoah ants also have a darker coat on their belly and I did not see that here. These ants were found in the wild.

A close up of the orange, almost transclucent ant. A distinct black dot for the eye.

Citronella ant closeup

A swarm of the orange ant on a rotting tree.

swarm of orange ants

A few orange ants crawling on the bark of a tree. Higher resolution pictures with far greater clarity are available.

orange transluscent ants on the bark of a tree

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