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Hypoponera opacior ergatoid male.  Most ant males are wasp-like and winged, adapted for dispersing away from their home nest to mate with queens from other colonies.  But some Hypoponera males like the one shown here are inbreeding specialists.  These pale creatures are worker-like in appearance and mate with their sisters in the nest.

Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA

Hypoponera opacior ergatoid male. Most ant males are wasp-like and winged, adapted for dispersing away from their home nest to mate with queens from other colonies. But some Hypoponera males like the one shown here are inbreeding specialists. These pale creatures are worker-like in appearance and mate with their sisters in the nest. Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA

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