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Monomorium pharonis queen? (16-Apr-17)


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#1 Offline Siddharth - Posted April 16 2017 - 1:15 AM

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Originally caught: 10:30AM, 1st Apr 2017

Location: Concrete parking lot near some light shrubbery and buildings

queen size: 3-4mm

Color:amber-orange, dark black gaster with light rings.

Other features: Gaster very large and cylindrical in shape, almost as large if not larger than the queen's body. 

The queen has laid a batch of eggs.

Ants found in my area acc. to a recent survey:

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Edited by Siddharth, April 21 2017 - 3:05 AM.


#2 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted April 16 2017 - 8:22 AM

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Did you find her together whit other ants or she was wandering alone? M. pharaonis don't have nuptial flights but mate in the nest and spread by budding so this queen is probably not that species. I guess this might be another species of Monomorium or maybe Solenopsis. Can you get closer pictures of the antennae?


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#3 Offline Siddharth - Posted April 16 2017 - 8:30 AM

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Did you find her together whit other ants or she was wandering alone? M. pharaonis don't have nuptial flights but mate in the nest and spread by budding so this queen is probably not that species. I guess this might be another species of Monomorium or maybe Solenopsis. Can you get closer pictures of the antennae?

I found the ant alone and she had wings. she tore them off in the test tube.

I'll try to get better pics of the antennae, but with the camera I have the above pics are pretty much as good as I can get them to be.



#4 Offline Siddharth - Posted April 21 2017 - 3:01 AM

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Did you find her together whit other ants or she was wandering alone? M. pharaonis don't have nuptial flights but mate in the nest and spread by budding so this queen is probably not that species. I guess this might be another species of Monomorium or maybe Solenopsis. Can you get closer pictures of the antennae?

Here are some better images of her. Sorry in advance, but these are the best images I can get of her, as she is so small and I do not have any magnificating tech.

I Was thinking the ant might be Tetramorium smithi. Its found in my area according to an official survey done on the wildlife here.

Ants found in my area acc. to the survey:

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here are better images of the ant:


Edited by Siddharth, April 21 2017 - 3:05 AM.


#5 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted April 21 2017 - 12:27 PM

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I don't think it's Tetramorium. From these pictures my guesses are Solenopsis geminata or some sort of Monomorium.



#6 Offline Hawaiiant - Posted April 21 2017 - 7:38 PM

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Very pretty queen. I'd say monomorium sp.


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#7 Offline Phoenix - Posted April 21 2017 - 7:40 PM

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Monomorium Sp, possibly Pharaonis like you said.


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