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ID: Iowa, U.S., 7/16/17


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#1 Offline Zxirl - Posted July 16 2017 - 7:03 AM

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1. Location of collection: 

  • Glass window of entryway of well-lit apartment complex.

2. Date of collection:

  • 7/15/17; 11pm

3. Habitat of collection:

  • Urban housing area; ~0.5 miles to forest habitat

4. Length:

  • ~4-5mm

5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture:

  • Antennae: red-orange
  • Mandibles: red-orange
  • Eyes: black, large
  • Head: brown
  • Thorax: brown-orange
  • Gaster: tan on the end, 1 think band (brown), 2 half bands (brown)
  • Legs: red-orange

6. Distinguishing characteristics: 

  • 1 Node pointing upward
  • 1 bump/spine (I think) pointing down 
  • Ant is very tiny - Hard for me to see

7. Anything else distinctive:

  • Ask in comments; nothing that I can think of at the moment.

8. Nest description: 

  • I am pretty familiar with the area that I found her in. There are a few camponotus sp. / tetramorium sp. nests near by. However, given the queen's size, I can only imagine that the works for this species are tiny as hell, so I am not surprised that I haven't seen the nest before.

9 . Pictures: 

  • I will take more pictures, if needed, when I return home today. It was late and I was tired so I didn't take a ton of images

 

The "A" is on a VISA credit card; the A is 6mm. 

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#2 Offline Martialis - Posted July 16 2017 - 7:05 AM

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Temnothorax sp.



#3 Online Nathant2131 - Posted July 16 2017 - 7:08 AM

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Temnothorax sp.

Agreed.


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#4 Offline Zxirl - Posted July 16 2017 - 7:28 AM

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Temnothorax sp.

Agreed.

 

Thanks!

 

From what I have briefly read just now, these queens seem to be adopted into pre-existing nests. Do you think she has any chance of starting her own colony?



#5 Online Nathant2131 - Posted July 16 2017 - 7:49 AM

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Temnothorax sp.

Agreed.

 

Thanks!

 

From what I have briefly read just now, these queens seem to be adopted into pre-existing nests. Do you think she has any chance of starting her own colony?

 

Temnothorax is a rarely kept genus, but people have got them to workers. I actually posted about their care when I was a newbie -

 

http://www.formicult...ther-questions/


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