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Austin, TX. June 27, 2017

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#1 Offline Bryansant - Posted June 28 2017 - 9:13 PM

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1. Location of collection: Austin, Texas, Travis County, in the pool of a suburban apartment complex in south Austin
2. Date of collection: June 27, 2017, early morning, around 7 am; hard rain the night before and still overcast when I noticed them.
3. Habitat of collection: Suburban neighborhood. There are a lot of live oak, red oak, Chinese elm, grass lawns, and other residential/commercial developer landscaping around.
4. Length: 6-7 mm. Apologies, I was able to measure and they are 5 mm.

5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: they're orange - they are a bit smaller than S. invicta but look very similar
6. Distinguishing characteristics: quite small and difficult to make out their finer points
7. Anything else distinctive: their orange color
8. Nest description: unknown - new swimming sailor queens.

 

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#2 Offline cpman - Posted June 28 2017 - 11:28 PM

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6-7mm means it's not a native fire ant and it's probably not one of the their ants (I think the biggest queens of those are ~5mm, but don't quote me on that).

 

do you have any way to see how many segments are in the antennal club that these ants appear to have?

 

On another note, I had a yellowish ant fly in the past few days here. I haven't looked closely yet, but it may be the same species as these queens. As I'm also in Austin, that would make sense. I'll check under the microscope tomorrow.



#3 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 29 2017 - 1:03 PM

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#4 Offline Bryansant - Posted June 29 2017 - 7:15 PM

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Thank you both for the input. Looks like I copy/pasted the photos from my gallery folder and into my post incorrectly - they are a bit bigger and clearer than those. 

 

 

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#5 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted June 29 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Most of these look like Pheidole to me.


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#6 Offline Bryansant - Posted June 29 2017 - 9:54 PM

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do you have any way to see how many segments are in the antennal club that these ants appear to have?

 

I'm in the market for one of those macro lens phone camera adapters and will update as soon as I have better photos or find a magnifying lens.



#7 Offline cpman - Posted June 30 2017 - 12:05 PM

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They look like Pheidole to me too. See the spines on the end of the mesosoma in the first photo -- S. molesta doesn't have those.


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#8 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted June 30 2017 - 2:01 PM

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They look like Pheidole to me too. See the spines on the end of the mesosoma in the first photo -- S. molesta doesn't have those.

 

 

Most of these look like Pheidole to me.

I kinda agree. Apart from any scientific reason(which I have none)they appear to have a more blocky, large head, and I've seen lots of S. molesta queens and they look a little different. S. molesta queens tend to have a little bit of a Crematogaster shape to them, and these are shaped more like Pheidole to me. I could be wrong but I would say these are Pheidole


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