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Central Kansas 11/20/18, Update: size was wrong

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#1 Offline Nanos - Posted November 20 2018 - 4:03 PM

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I'm thinking this might be Lasius Claviger.

 

1. Location (on a map) of collection: Salina Kansas


2. Date of collection: 11/16/18


3. Habitat of collection: Roots of silphium (related to sunflower), there was a colony of crematogaster cersei in the same root, but they were in separate locations. the crematogasters did not recognize her as a member. 


4. Length (from head to gaster):  7 mm or 0.28 inches (Edited)


5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: body is amber, the legs are a bit lighter. 


6. Distinguishing characteristics: one sharp/pointy petiole nodes, no spines that i could see. antennea from what i can tell have 12 segments.

 


7. Distinguishing behavior: when confronted with a crematogaster worker she just ran away, did not attempt to fight. 

 

8. Nest description: Unknown.

 

9. Nuptial flight time and date: Unknown

 

Pics: 31AA2v2


Edited by Nanos, November 21 2018 - 12:19 AM.


#2 Offline Nanos - Posted November 23 2018 - 6:51 PM

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I think i've Figure it out. I found another queen today strolling along some rocks near some woods . After capturing her, i chilled her and used the "Ants of North America a guide to genera" to make sure that it was indeed in the genus Lasius ( it could be Formica but then it would be Formica fusca which is apparently not in Kansas). According to a checklist publish by the University of Emporia in 1994, Lasius claviger is not in kansas so what i have is either Lasius umbratus or Lasius speculiventris. Either way they are temporary social parasites so what I need to do to help make a colony is the same. 







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