What was that mysterious myrmicine?
It was Vollenhovia emeryi, an Asian ant introduced to the eastern United States. This species appears sporadically around Washington, D.C. Apparently yesterday’s post posed an unusually difficult challenge- I don’t recall the last time the commentariat took more than 12 hours to solve the mystery.
So. Eight points to Mr. I Love the Ants, who arrived at the correct answer eventually.
For more on this ant:
- Okhawara et al 2006. Clonal reproduction and genetic caste differences in a queen-polymorphic ant, Vollenhovia emeryi. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0491 Biol. Lett. 22 September 2006 vol. 2 no. 3 359-363
- Kjar, D. S, Suman, T. W. 2007. First records of invasion by the myrmicine Japanese ant Vollenhovia emeryi WM Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 109:596-604.
- new Vollenhovia photos.