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AntsDakota's Formica queens

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#1 Offline AntsDakota - Posted July 11 2019 - 3:48 PM

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Over the past couple of weeks, I've caught two Formica sp. queens from the fusca group. Both are separate species (I tried to put them together, and it didn't work out so well....), yet look very similar. The only two differences I can notice a barely noticeable size, and one queen had just barely more red. 

 

 

 

 

Update: Thursday, July 11th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen 1

 

Eggs-    2

Larvae-  0

Pupae-   0

Workers-0

 

Commentary- This queen is the smallest of the two, and was caught earlier, on Saturday, July 6th. I saw her making her way across my driveway. Sorry, but I didn't have anything to take photos with at hand.

 

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Queen 2

 

Eggs- unknown (I haven't checked on her since capture)

Larvae-   0

Pupae-   0

Workers-0

 

Commentary- This queen is slightly larger, and has beautiful stripes on her gaster. Her legs are also noticeably red. The queen's gaster is extremely swollen, and she was intensely grooming the tip of her abdomen, so I assumed she is mated (but you never know).

 

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Edited by AntsDakota, July 11 2019 - 3:49 PM.

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#2 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 11 2019 - 4:36 PM

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Excellent! I look forward to following their progress. I’m hoping to find a Formica queen this year, but they aren’t that common around my area.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25






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