Queen Ants - Alex Wild Photography
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A Simopelta queen with attendant workers running in a column.  Her abdomen apparently exudes an attractant that keeps the attention of the following ant whose mouthparts are held open above abdominal segment 4.   

Parque Nacional Henri Pittier, Venezuela

A Simopelta queen with attendant workers running in a column. Her abdomen apparently exudes an attractant that keeps the attention of the following ant whose mouthparts are held open above abdominal segment 4. Parque Nacional Henri Pittier, Venezuela

Simopeltaponerinaeformicidaehymenopteraarmy antsarmy antnomadic antsantsinsectsinsectbugsant castesant colonyqueen antant queensgynesocial insectssuperorganismconvergent evolutionconvergencetropicalnatureentomologynest emigration