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Best Answer VoidElecent , July 16 2017 - 5:47 PM

I think this could Polyergus mexicanus, a slave-maker of Formica.

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#1 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted July 16 2017 - 5:28 PM

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Just wanted to start off by saying I believe she is a parasitic Formica queen alate, unfertilized. I just wanted some second opinions because the colony she belongs to recently had a mass migration into my yard. I had not seen her species here before they moved in. They appear diurnal, and leave the nearby Camponotus colony, which is largely nocturnal, alone 

 

1. Location of collection: Yard in Elko, NV

2. Date of collection: 7/16/2017
3. Habitat of collection: Typical high desert yard. Kentucky bluegrass sod, willow trees, adjacent empty lots with crested wheatgrass and basin bag sagebrush.
4. Length (to the nearest millimeter or 1/16th of an inch.): 8mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: Red all over with darker red bands on gaster with short blonde hairs on each band.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: One petiole node, short hairs on gaster and near mandibles, sharp pointed mandibles.
7. Anything else distinctive: Her sister colony recently had a mass migration across my sidewalk from an unknown location to a crested wheatgrass crown next to my garage.
8. Nest description: Crested wheatgrass crown, few holes about 2-3mm wide for entrances.
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Current Queen:

Formica argentea

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Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.

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#2 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 16 2017 - 5:47 PM   Best Answer

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I think this could Polyergus mexicanus, a slave-maker of Formica.


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#3 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted July 16 2017 - 6:12 PM

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I think this could Polyergus mexicanus, a slave-maker of Formica.

o, interesting, that could explain the out of the blue migration they went on to my yard.


Edited by CallMeCraven, July 16 2017 - 6:13 PM.

Current Queen:

Formica argentea

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Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.

-Aldo Leopold


#4 Offline gcsnelling - Posted July 16 2017 - 6:24 PM

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Polyergus for sure.



#5 Offline nurbs - Posted July 16 2017 - 6:50 PM

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That's a beautiful looking ant.







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