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Temnothorax or Leptothroax? Jasper Indiana


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#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 19 2019 - 12:33 PM

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Yep, I’m stupid. I can’t tell the difference between temnothorax and leptothorax. I found this queen under some mulch today (I think she is temnothorax longispinosus), she is 4 mm long and is black with orange legs. She already had some brood so that makes me think that she flew earlier this year, which is way to early for temnothorax, but I don’t even know if leptothorax exists in Indiana.

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EDIT: what if I’m really stupid and it’s not Temnothorax or Leptothorax! :lol:

Edited by CatsnAnts, June 19 2019 - 12:36 PM.

5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#2 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 19 2019 - 12:40 PM

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Myrmecina americana!


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#3 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 19 2019 - 12:43 PM

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Wait really! That’s actually great! Do these ants sting? And they are semi-claustral which means I have to feed them right? Any other special tips for them?
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#4 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 19 2019 - 12:48 PM

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Wait really! That’s actually great! Do these ants sting? And they are semi-claustral which means I have to feed them right? Any other special tips for them?

 

Yeah, M. americana are really neat. Unfortunately from what I've read (and experienced), they are pretty difficult to care for. I think they are specialist predators of a certain kind of mite.



#5 Offline LC3 - Posted June 19 2019 - 7:05 PM

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Oribatid mites to be exact. 

 

Maybe this journal and the member behind it (AntsAreUs) might be of help. http://www.formicult...ricana-journal/


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#6 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 20 2019 - 10:46 AM

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Actually, I have seen those mites among the place where I found this queen. I might try to go collect some.
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.




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