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Queen Ant ID


Best Answer Mettcollsuss , March 11 2018 - 3:17 PM

Where did you catch her? Without any info on location, my best guess is either F. fusca of F. subsericea. The main difference in the queens of the two is size and coloration. Formica fusca is a solid shiny black, while F. subsericea queens aren't as shiny, and have a band of lighter coloration on the gaster (see my F. subsericea journal for reference).

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#1 Offline AntBread - Posted March 11 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Queen Ant ID

1. Location: Burlington County, New Jersey
2. 3/13/18
 
Body:
1. Location of collection: Caught in side canopy in a park in Burlington County, NJ

2. Date of collection: August 31, 2017

3. Habitat of collection: Forest
4. Length: 10mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: Black body, Lighter grayish ring-like patterns around gaster. 
6. Distinguishing characteristics: 1 node (cannot be sure as her wings are slightly blocking the view, Head is about as large as thorax (not too large though)
7. Anything else distinctive: Pretty active
8. Nest description: Cannot locate nest

9. Nuptial flight time and date: Did not witness nuptial flights


Edited by AngeredFlame, March 13 2018 - 4:55 PM.


#2 Offline LC3 - Posted March 11 2018 - 2:57 PM

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Looks like a Formica sp.


Colonies

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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 11 2018 - 3:17 PM   Best Answer

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Where did you catch her? Without any info on location, my best guess is either F. fusca of F. subsericea. The main difference in the queens of the two is size and coloration. Formica fusca is a solid shiny black, while F. subsericea queens aren't as shiny, and have a band of lighter coloration on the gaster (see my F. subsericea journal for reference).


Edited by Mettcollsuss, March 11 2018 - 3:18 PM.

Current Colonies:

Queens:

  • Aphaenogaster cf. picea x2
  • Aphaenogaster rudis
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Formica subsericea x5
  • Lasius americanus
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.
  • Tetramorium immigrans x a lot — Journal

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#4 Offline AntBread - Posted March 11 2018 - 3:38 PM

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Where did you catch her? Without any info on location, my best guess is either F. fusca of F. subsericea. The main difference in the queens of the two is size and coloration. Formica fusca is a solid shiny black, while F. subsericea queens aren't as shiny, and have a band of lighter coloration on the gaster (see my F. subsericea journal for reference).

I caught her in Burlington county, NJ. I just looked at her again and she looks like a F. subsericea as she has the lighter coloration on her gaster. thx for the help


Looks like a Formica sp.

that's what I was thinking too



#5 Online nurbs - Posted March 11 2018 - 3:47 PM

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Looks and moves like Formica, but you won't get more specific unless we get super closeup shots of her head.

 

Follow the ID thread template so you can maybe get a better response from the experts.

 

http://www.formicult...t-a-new-thread/


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#6 Offline AntBread - Posted March 11 2018 - 4:32 PM

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Looks and moves like Formica, but you won't get more specific unless we get super closeup shots of her head.

 

Follow the ID thread template so you can maybe get a better response from the experts.

 

http://www.formicult...t-a-new-thread/

I'll see if I can get a macro lens



#7 Offline AntBread - Posted March 13 2018 - 4:54 PM

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I updated my post and I hope that the info can help identify the queen.



#8 Offline AntBread - Posted March 18 2018 - 5:17 PM

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Came to the conclusion that my queen is a Formica Subsericea!



#9 Offline Will230145 - Posted March 18 2018 - 5:42 PM

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She Formica Subsericea!




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