Yellow Ants, Acanthomyops5x Magnification ƒ/13.0, 1/200 s, 800 ISO

Thanks to Andrew and Jerry, I think we may have identified these little creatures as yellow ants, or probably some species of Acanthomyops.

Since we aren’t ant scientists, if you happen to know better I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Thats the wonderfull

  2. It seems a little hard to tell from this photo alone, but you’re probably right about the species. Could be Lasius, of which Acanthomyops is sometimes considered a subgenus. Have a look here and see what you think.

  3. @Daniel: Yes, I think you are correct. These two photos especially look similar.

    Thanks so much for the link! This mystery seems to have been solved (at least well enough so I can finally sleep at night again). How did you know about these ants?

  5. Well, I didn’t really. I have an anthropology background, so I know a lot about primates–but I just used the same resources I have for looking up primate taxonomy and information, and did some quick reading/skimming about Acanthomyops based on those results.

    Anyway, even though I’m focusing more on archaeology these days, I still have a strong interest in taxonomy and phylogeny, so these little questions really interest me. :-)

  6. The only reason i even decided to look into this type of ant is because they are all over the beach islands in the philippines when i vacationed out there. not sure about any of the other asian countries but the philippines definately.