Mating & Colony Founding - Alex Wild Photography
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A young Aphaenogaster picea foundress queen raises her first crop of workers sealed in an underground chamber. She feeds the developing larvae with reserves from her own body.

South Bristol, New York, USA

A young Aphaenogaster picea foundress queen raises her first crop of workers sealed in an underground chamber. She feeds the developing larvae with reserves from her own body. South Bristol, New York, USA

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