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Dorylus laevigathus is an average size blind (eyeless) ant that is mostly subterranean during the day. Typically Dorylus laevigathus burrow through the soul hunting for prey and foraging for vegetative food but at night these ants will forage and hunt above ground displaying the characteristic hunting behavior of army ants. Dorylus laevigatus is another species with a high degree of polymorphism. There are at least seven different workers sizes with the smallest at slight over 2 millimeters and the largest at 9 to 10 mm. The smallest worker function mainly as a janitor cleaner of the workers, brood and nest. This true caste separation is seen also in leaf cutter ants and Oecophylla smaragdina.
Mass of Dorylus laevigatus
Major workers of Dorylus laevigatus.
Dorylus laevigatus workers both major, median and minors. There are at least seven distinct workers morphology in Dorylus laevigatus the smallest workers at around 2.5 millimeters appeared to have a prominant role in the cleaning and grooming of the other workers.
The largest and smallest worker of Dorylus laevigatus.
A less common species of Microcerotermes is the Microcerotermes biroi. The mandibles of the soldiers have very pronounced serration. It is highly unusual for termites from this region to have such pronounced serrations on the mandibles. One can't help but wonder about the function of these especially for very small termites. The Microcerotermes genus of termites are arboreal with their nest usually on the main trunks of trees.
In this Microcerotermes species the soldiers are both slimmer and with a much longer abdomen than that of the more common Microcerotermes crassus.
This species has been tentatively labelled as Microcerotermes biroi as it bears the closest resemblances to this species. While it also bear a close resemblance to Microcerotermes dubious, the smaller head capsule and the very pronounced serration on the inside edges of the mandibles differentiate it significantly.
The serrated mandibles of the soldiers of Microcerotermes biroi.
A soldier, worker and some nymphs (or larvae) of Microcerotermes biroi.
Nymphs or larvae of the Microcerotermes biroi termites.
The unusually long abdomen of the soldier of Microcerotermes biroi.
An unusual worker with darkened head. A very small percentage of the workers of Microcerotermes have red colored heads which are typically smaller than the heads of the more common workers. Is this dimorphism of workers?
A soldier of the termite species Microcerotermes biroi.
The soldier nymph of the Microcerotermes biroi flank by two soldiers.
Monomorium pharaonis is the most famous species of this genus being a pest and nuisance ants in most South Asian household. When I was young, Monomorium destructor was also a huge pest due mainly to their large numbers forming endless marching columns on walls and sides of floors. Their lines stretches over several household and buildings. But thanks to cheap and potent pesticides they are near extinct from urban and semi urban areas where their once ubiqutious lines stretching across houses and buildings are now rarely seen. Generally Monomorium are polygynous and many species of Monomorium are monomorphic but not all.