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Edmonton, Alberta, Sturgeon County, Canada 24/05/2017

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#1 Offline shellbertt - Posted May 24 2017 - 8:33 PM

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I am posting to find out the specific type (species? genera? family?) of ant queen I have, I have two that are exactly identical and want to specifically find out if they are claustral, semi claustral etc, and if they are polygamous or not?

 

1. Location of collection: Edmonton, Alberta, Sturgeon County, Canada. On a gravel road near my house/In walking over a freshly placed pile of topsoil in my backyard.
2. Date of collection: 22/05/2017
3. Habitat of collection: Prairie?
4. Length (from head to gaster): a little under 2 cm, maybe 17 mm, about 5/8 of an inch
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: straight black as far as I can tell.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Larger than other ants about and has noticeable wing muscles and wing scars.
7. Distinguishing behavior: none
8. Nest description: none

[Images of ant]

I can't upload images for some reason so here is an imgur link.

http://imgur.com/a/47MM6

 
[Images of nest]
 
[Images of habitat]

 



#2 Offline dermy - Posted May 24 2017 - 11:04 PM

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Cool. Another Canadian! It looks like a Camponotus queen to me [probably Camponotus herculeanus]

 

They are really slow growing, but worth it once they get Majors. They also have really nice brood, easy to distinguish between the life stages!

 

As far as the Images go, use the [IMG] code that imgur gives you and it will show up in your post, Either way nice pictures :D

 

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