While hurricane Sandy mauls the continent east of here, central Illinois remains clear and…rather slow. Let’s spice things up with a straight-up identification challenge:

The identity of this ant completely stumped me. I had to consult an expert on these little gals to figure it out. Can you do any better?

2 points to the first person to correctly guess the subfamily, 4 to the first to pick the genus, and 4 for the first to get the species. The cumulative points winner for the month of October will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my insect photography galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!