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Best Answer VoidElecent , August 12 2019 - 12:51 PM

 

The only Tetramorium species in Kansas is Tetramorium immigrans, the Pavement Ant.

Walking around my neighborhood I have seen a larger type of Tetramorium compared to mine which look exactly like immigrans while mine look a few mm smaller. I have Also seen ones like mine that are smaller than the immigrans which look very similar to mine. Another thing is mine seem to have less hairs. Is there a possibility that mine could be immigrans just smaller because of the smaller amount of workers?

Also I heard from somewhere that Tetramorium don’t need hibernation they just take short breaks when needed, is this true? Or does it really depend on the climate because in my area it can get below freezing.
Also thanks for the suggestion.

 

Hibernation is usually always a good idea where it gets chilly in the Winter—Kansas is by no means an exception.

 

There is a lot of size variation in Tetramorium immigrans workers; established colonies tend to have larger workers than younger ones. That said, the only other option may be Tetramorium tsushimae; workers and queens are both a good bit smaller than T. immigrans, but if I recall correctly, colonies are locally abundant only in odd, random locations in the Midwest.

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#1 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 11:52 AM

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Definitely a type of Tetramorium, but I’m having trouble identifying what type of Tetramorium such as impurum or caespitum and the many other types. Any help is appreciated.

Here’s a picture, also I think there colony is pretty small for Tetramorium because this is there 1st year.


Colonies:
Tetramorium

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Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#2 Offline VoidElecent - Posted August 12 2019 - 11:53 AM

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The only Tetramorium species in Kansas is Tetramorium immigrans, the Pavement Ant.



#3 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 12:32 PM

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The only Tetramorium species in Kansas is Tetramorium immigrans, the Pavement Ant.

Walking around my neighborhood I have seen a larger type of Tetramorium compared to mine which look exactly like immigrans while mine look a few mm smaller. I have Also seen ones like mine that are smaller than the immigrans which look very similar to mine. Another thing is mine seem to have less hairs. Is there a possibility that mine could be immigrans just smaller because of the smaller amount of workers?

Also I heard from somewhere that Tetramorium don’t need hibernation they just take short breaks when needed, is this true? Or does it really depend on the climate because in my area it can get below freezing.
Also thanks for the suggestion.

Edited by Amazant, August 12 2019 - 12:37 PM.

Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#4 Offline VoidElecent - Posted August 12 2019 - 12:51 PM   Best Answer

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The only Tetramorium species in Kansas is Tetramorium immigrans, the Pavement Ant.

Walking around my neighborhood I have seen a larger type of Tetramorium compared to mine which look exactly like immigrans while mine look a few mm smaller. I have Also seen ones like mine that are smaller than the immigrans which look very similar to mine. Another thing is mine seem to have less hairs. Is there a possibility that mine could be immigrans just smaller because of the smaller amount of workers?

Also I heard from somewhere that Tetramorium don’t need hibernation they just take short breaks when needed, is this true? Or does it really depend on the climate because in my area it can get below freezing.
Also thanks for the suggestion.

 

Hibernation is usually always a good idea where it gets chilly in the Winter—Kansas is by no means an exception.

 

There is a lot of size variation in Tetramorium immigrans workers; established colonies tend to have larger workers than younger ones. That said, the only other option may be Tetramorium tsushimae; workers and queens are both a good bit smaller than T. immigrans, but if I recall correctly, colonies are locally abundant only in odd, random locations in the Midwest.



#5 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 1:00 PM

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Thank you, and it does look very similar to Tsushimae but as the colony gets older I’ll keep watching there size differences, because as of right now there are some workers that are maybe .25 mm larger than others. Thank you again.
Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula




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