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Uknown Fuzzy Ant Queen, Riverside, CA

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Best Answer Batspiderfish , August 18 2017 - 4:54 PM

Pogonomyrmex male.

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#1 Offline Buetr - Posted August 18 2017 - 3:24 PM



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Hi all,

Please help me identify this ant queen. I'm new to so any identification keys would also be helpful. Thank you in advance.




1. Riverside, CA
2. 8/14/17
3. Citrus Fields, right next to a harvester nest under a leaf (inches away from entrance)
4. Length (from head to gaster): about 7mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: brown black color
6. Distinguishing characteristics: very fuzzy, two lump petiole
7. Distinguishing behavior: found inches away from a harvester ant colony entrance under a leaf.
8. Nest description: unknown

[Images of ant] link (http://imgur.com/gallery/hEenB)

[Images of nest]N/A it was next to a harvester nest
[Images of habitat] N/A (didn't take pics, was in the middle of a citrus field)

#2 Offline MrWeather - Posted August 18 2017 - 3:34 PM



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Maybe a hairy(er) than usual Pogonomyrmex Rugosus? They're pretty hairy too aren't they?

#3 Offline Buetr - Posted August 18 2017 - 3:53 PM



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Maybe a hairy(er) than usual Pogonomyrmex Rugosus? They're pretty hairy too aren't they?

They do look pretty similar but I don't think its Pogonomyrmex Rugosus. The queen is much smaller than a worker.

#4 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted August 18 2017 - 4:54 PM   Best Answer


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Pogonomyrmex male.

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#5 Offline gcsnelling - Posted August 18 2017 - 5:52 PM



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I agree, a male. I just took some cold meds before I wrote this so forgive me for breaking my long standing rule of not clicking outside image links, it won't happen again.

Edited by gcsnelling, August 18 2017 - 6:50 PM.

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