Polyrhachis laboriosa ant winged queen

Polyrhachis laboriosa ant winged queen

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Credit: PATRICK LANDMANN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Polyrhachis laboriosa ant winged queen. Ants with wings, known as virgin queens, are reproductive females. They each mate with a male to produce offspring that become members of a new colony. This African ant species is endemic to Cameroon and lives in trees at the edges of tropical forests. It feeds on honeydew produced by aphids, flower nectar, and sugary exudes from young leaves. The hooked spines on its back are used as a defence against predators and other ants. Photographed in the Biosphere Reserve of Dja, Cameroon.

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