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Is this an ant queen?


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#1 Offline LizardScript - Posted April 13 2019 - 10:37 AM

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So I found this ant under a rock near a different species of ant which seemed to have made their home under the rock, where as this ant in question looked to be trying to take shelter under the rock. Today is really humid so I assumed there may be some nuptial flights today. This is the only ant I caught which seems to be a queen, it looks to have wing scars, but I can't be sure.

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#2 Offline JenC - Posted April 13 2019 - 12:37 PM

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Good job! You caught an ant queen. I’m not sure what genus though.

Edited by JenC, April 13 2019 - 12:39 PM.

Current Colonies:
1x Camponotus Vicinus (3 Workers)

Single Queens:
3x Camponotus Clarithorax
4x Camponotus Maritimus
5x Camponotus Ca02
7x Camponotus Sansabeanus
1x Myrmecocustus Testaceus
3x Prenolepis Imparis

#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2019 - 1:36 PM

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I would guess she’s a parasitic Lasius. That’s the bad news.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#4 Offline LizardScript - Posted April 13 2019 - 1:49 PM

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I found her under the rock near a nest of these ants.

What would the care/keeping entail if it is a parasitic queen?  



#5 Offline LizardScript - Posted April 13 2019 - 2:03 PM

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These are my 2 guesses based on Lasius species that are found in New Jersey.

 

http://www.antwiki.o...sius_nearcticus
http://www.antwiki.o..._speculiventris
 



#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2019 - 4:59 PM

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http://www.formicult...e-6#entry110583

You would need to provide her with host workers in a tricky process. The best case outcome would be ending up with a few of her own slow growing workers that aren’t really suited to captivity.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#7 Offline LizardScript - Posted April 14 2019 - 6:33 PM

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I did some research, and I am going to attempt to introduce some host workers tomorrow in a tubs and tubes setup. Also I was talking to someone else and they are fairly sure the ant queen is a Lasius claviger. 


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#8 Offline Martialis - Posted April 15 2019 - 6:37 AM

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Yeah, that's an L. claviger queen.

 

Good luck.


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