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Queen? St. Louis Missouri, 6-12-18


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#1 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 12 2018 - 7:16 PM

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1. On house siding right by light

2. 6-12-18
3. Backyard
4. 10mm
5. Pretty amber and black gaster.  Pretty sure it's an acorn ant (temnothorax curvispinosus).  

6. Like I said above, almost positive it is an acorn ant just not sure if it is a queen.  Still has wings if you can't tell from picture.

7. N/A
8. N/A

9. Caught at 9:30pm.  

 

10.  https://imgur.com/a/qbRpFTG


Edited by jsg994, June 13 2018 - 6:23 AM.


#2 Offline LC3 - Posted June 12 2018 - 7:28 PM

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Embed images next time please :whistle:

 

Colobopsis sp., C. impressa I think. Temnothorax queens are around 3-4mm long.


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#3 Offline T.C. - Posted June 12 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Always embed your photos and these aren't the greatest and to be sure I definitely need better pictures, but possibly Colobopsis impressa?

 

Edit: LC3 beat me to it


Edited by T.C., June 12 2018 - 7:30 PM.

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#4 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 13 2018 - 6:30 AM

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I took some more pictures and tried to upload using the provided attach file tool but it comes back and says I am not permitted to upload that file type (jpg).  I tried changing the file to png and it returned the same thing.  Any suggestions?

 

Since I couldn't figure out how to upload to site here are some more imgur pictures.  Hopefully better quality!

 

https://imgur.com/a/5OqLVhX


Edited by jsg994, June 13 2018 - 7:36 AM.


#5 Offline LC3 - Posted June 13 2018 - 10:02 AM

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http://www.formicult...photos/?p=70039

Alternatively just posting the direct link to the photo works as well.

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#6 Offline T.C. - Posted June 13 2018 - 10:06 AM

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Just so you are also aware, under shots are fine, but we also need them from the top and side. From the front is good too, but only good camera's are going to pick up the quality we need to use the head for identification.



#7 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 13 2018 - 10:15 AM

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OK thanks for the advice and information.  Still fairly new here!



#8 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 13 2018 - 2:13 PM

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Nice find! Colobopsis have always been some of my favorite ants, keep us updated with her progress.


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#9 Offline AntsBC - Posted June 13 2018 - 2:37 PM

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Ya that's a queen 


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#10 Offline BMM - Posted June 13 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Yep, that's a Colobopsis queen, probably C. impressa.



#11 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 14 2018 - 6:10 AM

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Will do!  She has already tore off one of her wings.  I'll take that as a good sign =).



#12 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 15 2018 - 7:05 AM

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So she has burrowed underneath the cotton and I was afraid she was dead but when I went to move the cotton I saw her legs wiggle.  I have a heating cable underneath part of the test tube so I wonder if it is too hot?  It is the lowest watt cable I could find.  Just curious if the wedging underneath the cotton is normal?



#13 Offline Waganga - Posted June 15 2018 - 8:08 AM

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Maybe she would appreciate some substrate or something to give her a little privacy and enrichment? 



#14 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 15 2018 - 11:22 AM

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^ Good idea!  Will do that when I get off work



#15 Offline BMM - Posted June 15 2018 - 12:11 PM

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This species lives in twigs, so a lot of people report they do better in very narrow founding chambers. I keep mine in a clear plastic tube about the width of a pencil. There are lot of reasons she could be hiding, but it might be that the test tube is uncomfortably large for her.



#16 Offline jsg994 - Posted June 29 2018 - 5:21 PM

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Quick update.  She still hasn't laid eggs so I have been giving her sugar water the past few days and she drinks all of it.  Wondering if she isn't fertile?  I moved her to a much smaller test tube to see if that would spark anything but still nothing.  Tried heat, no heat lol so not really sure what to do.  Maybe she is just shy!  Any suggestions would help.



#17 Offline BMM - Posted June 29 2018 - 5:54 PM

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Mine took quite a while to lay eggs. Around a month if I remember right.






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