Acromyrmex versicolor

    

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Ground beneath an Acromyrmex vesicolor mating flight. The ground is covered with mating ants.
Ground beneath an Acromyrmex vesicolor mating flight. The ground is covered with mating ants.
Closer view of the Acromyrmex versicolor mating swarm.
Closer view of the Acromyrmex versicolor mating swarm.
Side view of a male Acromyrex versicolor male.
Side view of a male Acromyrex versicolor male.
After the female Acromyrmex versicolor falls to the ground, lots of males attempt to mate with her. The queen is visible with her head poking out at the bottom of the photo. The rest of the ants are her male suitors.
After the female Acromyrmex versicolor falls to the ground, lots of males attempt to mate with her. The queen is visible with her head poking out at the bottom of the photo. The rest of the ants are her male suitors.
After the female Acromyrmex versicolor falls to the ground, lots of males attempt to mate with her. The queen is underneath her male suitors in this picture.
After the female Acromyrmex versicolor falls to the ground, lots of males attempt to mate with her. The queen is underneath her male suitors in this picture.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (head at lower left of photo) begins to crawl away from the mating ground. You can see that her suitors are still quite enthusiastic.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (head at lower left of photo) begins to crawl away from the mating ground. You can see that her suitors are still quite enthusiastic.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (left) prepares to bite a male who is mating with her. She will fly away, break off her wings and start a new nest.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (left) prepares to bite a male who is mating with her. She will fly away, break off her wings and start a new nest.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (right) prepares to bite a male who is mating with her.
A queen Acromyrmex versicolor (right) prepares to bite a male who is mating with her.
An Acromyrmex versicolor nest, with my hat for scale. The nest has the volcano appearance that is typical of Acromyrmex versicolor.
An Acromyrmex versicolor nest, with my hat for scale. The nest has the volcano appearance that is typical of Acromyrmex versicolor.