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#1 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted June 30 2017 - 11:42 AM

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I'm wanting identification on this Aphaenogaster colony. I know this is a very hard genus to do this with but if anyone knows what species this is then please help.

 

1. Location (on a map) of collection: Mid tennessee
2. Date of collection: About 2 weeks ago

3. Habitat of collection: Under lots of trees at the at the bottom of a hill, in the dirt
4. Length (from head to gaster):(workers)about 7mm, though I could be slightly off I did my best with measuring. The queen is the same size as a Solenopsis richtri/invicta queen   
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Dull red and brown 
6. Distinguishing characteristics: none
7. Distinguishing behavior: picky eaters, if that helps
8. Nest description: in the dirt with a small mound

 
 
 
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Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

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#2 Offline WeatherAnt - Posted August 12 2017 - 1:45 PM

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No idea, but I'm gonna bump this post because I'm also curious. 



#3 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 12 2017 - 2:27 PM

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No idea, but I'm gonna bump this post because I'm also curious. 

Thanks, but I'm now almost certain that it is A.fulva. I don't have the colony anymore  :(


My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 


#4 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted August 12 2017 - 6:50 PM

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Aphaenogaster are very difficult to identify through normal photographs.


If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#5 Offline marcel - Posted August 13 2017 - 6:12 AM

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Can you take a picture from the side of a worker, or even better the queen? Could be Aphaenogaster depending on the body build.



#6 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 13 2017 - 6:23 AM

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Can you take a picture from the side of a worker, or even better the queen? Could be Aphaenogaster depending on the body build.

I already know it was Aphaenogaster, I just was looking for the species to be ID'd. I don't have the colony anymore so I can't take any more pics of it.


My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 






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