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Solenopsis? Or Pheidole?

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#1 Offline Ender Ants - Posted September 15 2017 - 8:34 PM

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I've caught 3 queen ants that I think are Solenopsis, but many people are saying that they are Pheidole. What do you guys think?

 
Coloration: Dark Red- Thorax/Head
Yellowish/Orangish, with black lines- Gaster/Abdomen area
 
Body Description: Very large jaws
Somewhat flat at the top of their thorax's
Two dots on the side of their wings (one on each)
 
Length: 7-8 mm
 
Location: Park, in Nevada. Park is right next to a very large empty area, which contains rocks, sand, and small brush
 
Time: Around 8:00 PM 
 
Date: September 10, 2017
 
Here are some pictures:
 
 
 
 
 
(These pictures were taken from a video that I made. Here is the video if you want to check it out, or if it could help you identify them)
 
 
Hope I gave as much information as I can, for people to identify them! Much appreciated!
 


#2 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted September 16 2017 - 6:14 AM

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I say Pheidole.


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#3 Offline Salmon - Posted September 16 2017 - 6:37 AM

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The mandibles definitely look more like Pheidole.


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#4 Offline Ender Ants - Posted October 1 2017 - 6:43 PM

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The mandibles definitely look more like Pheidole.

Yeah, I've decided that they are pheidole, but I think that their exact species may be:
 

Pheidole Californicus

or Pheidole Xerophila

 

What do you say?


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#5 Offline Ender Ants - Posted October 1 2017 - 6:44 PM

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I say Pheidole.

Yeah, I think that they are Pheidole. But their exact species that I think would be:
 

Pheidole Californicus

or Pheidole Xerophila

 

What do you think?



#6 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted October 2 2017 - 3:46 AM

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Definitely pheidole, the jaws and head are the biggest giveaway.
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#7 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted October 2 2017 - 4:32 AM

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Photographs are better for identification, since a 1080p video produces a measly 2.1 megapixel image.


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