1. Location (on a map) of collection: Zeeland, MI
2. Date of collection: September 12 around 6:30-7:30PM
3. Habitat of collection: Somewhat urban area, a trailer park. Found one on the edge of the pavement, a few under a tarp, two under a flower pot, some randomly scattered in the grass, and stopped looking after I got a few.
4. Length (from head to gaster): Around 9mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Stripes and lighter colored. This especially shows up outdoors in the light.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Only one has the wings left on
7. Distinguishing behavior: Standard queen behavior
8. Nest description: None
I am guessing these are Lasius. Hopefully some non-parasitic species.
The first one I caught shortly curled up and started twitching. I am assuming that it got into insecticides or something before it got to my yard. These ones are alright for the time.
When I got home from class today I saw one of the pavement ant colonies flying. They either had very tiny queens, or only males left at the nest though. The only winged individuals left were the size of the workers. After some time I spotted one of these queens running around, and then decided to see if I could find more. It was rather easy to find a bunch.