September 12, 2009 by myrmecos
Lasius claviger citronella ants
Vermillion River Observatory, Illinois
Posted in Ants | Tagged Ants, Photography | 2 Comments
Do you know the distribution of the claviger group ants? I recently found a colony near Querétaro, Mexio. I don’t think they go much further south than that.
And, why do they smell like citronella?
Thanks for commenting, Michael. I do not know how far south these guys get- presumably their range will map to that of their host species, and that should be somewhere in Mexico…
If I remember correctly, the citronella odor is an alarm pheromone from the mandibular gland.
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