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Queen From Sydney Australia 5mm Long?

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#1 Offline antaioli - Posted September 12 2017 - 12:23 AM

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1. Location (on a map) of collection: Sydney, Australia
2. Date of collection: 12/09/2017
3. Habitat of collection: Driveway/Brick Wall
4. Length (from head to gaster): 5mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: all black/dark except golden striped gaster on queens. 
6. Distinguishing characteristics: golden striped gaster on queen only. queens slightly longer males were all black/dark.
7. Distinguishing behavior: queens were slower moving, much more sedated behaviour. males were running/flying like crazy, much faster and erratic

 

I witnessed my first nuptial flight today! 12th September 2017 in Sydney, Australia. About 1-2pm, first hot day in a while 30 degrees, moderately windy 30-40% humidity. There is rain forecast tomorrow, first time in a few weeks.

There was a swarm of flying alates at a particular corner outside my house. I watched as the males frantically rushed to mate with the queens. It was amazing to see! I think every queen was mating with a male right before I captured them, I was just waiting for them to finish up. They also seemed to come in waves, might be due to the wind?

The queens were a bit larger than the males (queens 5mm males 4mm). Queens have yellow gasters whereas males are all black. I caught 7 queens but I think one is already dead  :/

Anyway does anyone know the species of ant? I'm new to identification. 

Album: http://imgur.com/a/0oP6f

 

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#2 Offline Martialis - Posted September 12 2017 - 2:46 AM

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Looks like Pheidole to me.


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#3 Offline antaioli - Posted September 15 2017 - 6:55 PM

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Thanks for the post Martialis!
I've had someone suggest Monomorium as well.
I found this picture of a queen Monomorium Sydneyense and workers (I have seen small ants that colour around, but never in much detail)

 

http://www.alexander...ium/i-K4dFZbB/A


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#4 Offline Martialis - Posted September 15 2017 - 6:59 PM

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I'm not from Australia, that could be it to--looks a bit more like it as well. 


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#5 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 17 2017 - 2:15 AM

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Solenopsis, maybe?



#6 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted September 17 2017 - 12:38 PM

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Quick, remove that photo! Alex Wild does not take kindly to that stuff!

 

I'd say that it is Solenopsis. Monomorium is a bit larger, and Pheidole is wider.


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#7 Offline antaioli - Posted September 17 2017 - 10:07 PM

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Quick, remove that photo! Alex Wild does not take kindly to that stuff!

 

I'd say that it is Solenopsis. Monomorium is a bit larger, and Pheidole is wider.

I removed the embedded image and just used the share link from the site.

 

With so many suggestions now I really don't know what to think. I checked on the queens today and I couldn't see any obvious eggs.



#8 Offline antaioli - Posted September 24 2017 - 7:53 PM

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We have eggs! Hoping these are better photos :)

 

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#9 Offline JackPearl - Posted September 24 2017 - 8:23 PM

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Most likely monomorium, they seem to be flying currently.

#10 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted September 25 2017 - 4:24 AM

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I agree with Monomorium; apparent two-segment antennal club (barely visible in the last picture) and a mesosoma that's significantly taller than wide.


Edited by Batspiderfish, September 25 2017 - 4:28 AM.

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#11 Offline antaioli - Posted September 25 2017 - 4:39 PM

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Thank you to Batspiderfish and everyone that replied!

It's relieving to have a general idea on what I have :)



#12 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted October 4 2017 - 5:36 PM

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Solenopsis fugax, maybe? Do they live where you're from? I'm not an expert on ID's.



#13 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted October 4 2017 - 5:39 PM

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Solenopsis, maybe?

 

Solenopsis fugax, maybe? Do they live where you're from? I'm not an expert on ID's.

 

Sorry, didn't realize I already posted the same thing twice.



#14 Offline LC3 - Posted October 4 2017 - 6:01 PM

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Solenopsis fugax is a Eurasian species. :P


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#15 Offline antaioli - Posted November 15 2017 - 5:51 PM

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Here's this species with nanitics, incredibly hard to get a photo of these tiny 1-2mm ants.

 

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#16 Offline Spamdy - Posted November 15 2017 - 5:55 PM

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Pheidole sp.


All my colonies are dead. 

 

 Except:

  

  Pogonomyrmex barbatus

  Pheidole obscurithorax

  Pheidole morens


#17 Offline VoidElecent - Posted November 15 2017 - 7:20 PM

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I stand by Oligomyrmex.



#18 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted November 16 2017 - 8:05 AM

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Looks like Pheidole. Earlier on, the head looked smaller.


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#19 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted January 15 2018 - 2:25 PM

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Nothing to do whit Pheidole

I stand by Oligomyrmex.

I think you are right! 


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