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#1 Offline Ants Galore - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:12 PM

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I caught this pseudomyrmex gracilis. It's longer that usual. Here is the picture: https://m.imgur.com/v5IuqcV

#2 Offline Ants Galore - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:17 PM

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Wong scars? https://m.imgur.com/czXi3F5
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#3 Offline Martialis - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:23 PM

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This is a wasp.



#4 Offline 123LordOfAnts123 - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:26 PM

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It is indeed an ant; Pseudomyrmex gracilis. It's not a queen though, just a worker with a full crop.

#5 Offline Martialis - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:27 PM

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Is it? The antennae don't seem jointed from this view. Although there do seem to be petioles.



#6 Offline 123LordOfAnts123 - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:40 PM

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Is it? The antennae don't seem jointed from this view. Although there do seem to be petioles.


They're certainly not as obvious as in other ants, but they're there. The presence of two petioles as opposed to one also identifies this as an ant.


Queen on the left.

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#7 Offline Ants Galore - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:48 PM

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Thanks!

#8 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted May 19 2017 - 2:32 PM

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Is it? The antennae don't seem jointed from this view. Although there do seem to be petioles.

 

The photo provided makes the antennae look very wasp-like. :)

 

But as you've pointed out, the petioles mean that this is an ant.


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