Glendale/North Phoenix, Arizona
2. Date of collection:
June 12th 2019
3. Habitat of collection:
My backyard floating in my pool around 10:45 A.M.
4. Length (from head to gaster):
She was moving a lot and had her gaster curled up so an exact measurement was impossible, but the best measurement I got while she was in the test tube was 6mm - 7mm.
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture:
Dark brown, dark reddish brown, and black. No distinct separate coloring; for instance the thorax is both reddish brown and dark brown/black.
6. Distinguishing characteristics:
Two petiole. Small lightly colored hairs on gaster.
7. Distinguishing behavior:
Nothing abnormal. Initially docile due to being in the pool, but got fairly active once she dried out. Started cleaning herself immediately. Wings still attached, but that's not uncommon for the queens found in my pool.
8. Nest description: N/A
9. Nuptial flight time and date: N/A. She was the only queen I found and I didn't see any flying. 10:45 A.M.
[Images of ant]
Let me know if this link doesn't work. I'm trying to avoid reuploading to another host.
Considering I didn't see any others around, I'm thinking she may not have even mated.
My initial thinking was Solenopsis, but after taking some macro photos I'm not so sure. Possibly another Pheidole? She does look very similar to all those other Pheidole I've been catching.
Edited by Herdo, June 12 2019 - 11:01 AM.