Worker Ants - Alex Wild Photography
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Lasius (Acanthomyops) claviger citronella ants.  The different colors of the workers reflect their age.  Ants are pale in color when they first eclose from the pupal stage but darken over time.

Vermillion River Observatory, Illinois, USA

Lasius (Acanthomyops) claviger citronella ants. The different colors of the workers reflect their age. Ants are pale in color when they first eclose from the pupal stage but darken over time. Vermillion River Observatory, Illinois, USA

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