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Queen Ant ID (Crematogaster sp.) (Joshua Tree National Park, California) (8-25-2013)

Crematogaster Joshua Tree National Park California dspdrew ant id queen ant

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 20 2013 - 2:20 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Location:  Near Joshua Tree National Park, California.
Habitat:  High Desert/Joshua Tree.


I caught only one of the first queen, and about 25 of the second.



Queen 1

Coloration, hue and pattern:  All dark brown.
Length:  8mm.
Distinguishing characteristics:  Large eyes.




Queen 2
Coloration, hue and pattern:  Redish-brown head, dark redish-brown thorax and dark brown gaster.
Length:  9mm.




#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 20 2013 - 2:21 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Definitely two different species according to Dr. James Trager, but not sure what either species is.

#3 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 22 2016 - 9:59 PM

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It's funny I just found two Crematogaster queens out in the desert last night, and noticed how big their eyes are. I guess I just found a few more of queen #1 in this thread. Maybe I'll get a successful colony out of them this time.

#4 Offline Foogoo - Posted August 23 2016 - 6:40 AM


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Have you gone through the Crematogaster key? I think I have a copy if you need it. I never attempted to ID them since multiple experts call it near impossible.

Camponotus vicinus, Crematogaster 1, Crematogaster 2, Formica francoeuri, *, *, Myrmecocystus testaceus, Novomessor cockerelli, Pheidole hyatti, Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, Solenopsis invicta

#5 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 23 2016 - 8:26 AM

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I have. It's impossible for me. :lol:

#6 Offline gcsnelling - Posted August 23 2016 - 3:16 PM



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Which key are you using?

#7 Offline Ender Ants - Posted July 11 2018 - 7:19 PM

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This is an old post, but have you found out what Queen 1 is? I'm thinking Queen 2 is Crematogaster hespera, since I've captured a queen like that before.

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