Monday Night Mystery

Here’s a scanning electron micrograph from the fine folks at BugScope:

What is it?

Myrmecos points will be awarded as follows:

  • 3 points to the first person to name the structure sprouting all the long filaments.
  • 3 points to correctly identify the insect family.
  • 4 points to name the genus.

The cumulative points winner for the month of May will win their choice of 1) any 8Γ—10-sized print from myΒ photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

13 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. wow, these guys are fast!! I agree. clypeous+mandibules. Formicidae.Cephalotes. Well done Flavia! πŸ™‚

    1. Roberto Keller

      Dammit, you beat me using my own micrograph! πŸ™ Not cool. [time zone difference is not helping my myrmecos points…]

  2. You folks are too good! Me, the new-be, wanna-be, got as far as the clypeus. Wow, what a great photo and now I know some more details about this ant. Thanks.

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  4. I would have guessed it was ‘that bit at the top of the mandibles’ of an ant, but how the heck do you know what species it is from that tiny bit? Or even the family Gordon?

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