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Ant ID Request (2) Queens one dead :(

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Best Answer LC3 , July 10 2018 - 5:53 PM

Both are Lasius species, L. americanus (=alienus) has been flying recently. It's possible the first queen already founded and the ants that you brought her with were nanitics, either that or they were foreign workers. Your post doesn't make it very clear where you got the workers.

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#1 Offline DrygonKing - Posted July 10 2018 - 5:43 PM

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Queen one:

Found: in a garden while landscaping. There was two in close proximity to each other. About half a foot in the soil.
Size: 8.5 ish mm
Colour: black in the dark, an iridescent golden colour when In the light.
Texture: smooth

Has about 8 ish eggs now and I brought her with four workers and some brood but they all the stuff I brought with her disappeared after a few days.
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Queen 2 (dead):

Found: found while digging up a colony. Tried to put her in with the workers she was found with and they all attacked her. The workers to my unprofessional eye looked to be a Myrmica sp.. I did remove her from the workers that was (i think) not the cause of death.
Size: 6.5 ish mm
Colour: golden/yellow
Texture: iridescent. It mucks with the eyes and makes the distance seem weird.
Cause of death: I don’t know. I put her in a separate container with water and she’s dead the next morning I check on her. Was it the workers that attacked her?
Photos:
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Current Queens:
Formica sp (Parasitic)
Formica podzolica (2) (New)
Myrmica sp.
Lasius alienus (Died) :’(
Lasius subumbratus (2) (New)


Queens currently looking for:
Formica fusca
Lasius neoniger


Queens once more experienced:
Carebara diversa
Myrmecocystus
Odontomachus Sp.

#2 Offline LC3 - Posted July 10 2018 - 5:53 PM   Best Answer

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Both are Lasius species, L. americanus (=alienus) has been flying recently. It's possible the first queen already founded and the ants that you brought her with were nanitics, either that or they were foreign workers. Your post doesn't make it very clear where you got the workers.


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#3 Offline DrygonKing - Posted July 10 2018 - 6:08 PM

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I got the workers from the same hole she was in. My shovel just barely scimed the top of her nest and she was in it with some brood and workers. She looks like an L. Americanus.

Edited by DrygonKing, July 11 2018 - 9:18 AM.

Current Queens:
Formica sp (Parasitic)
Formica podzolica (2) (New)
Myrmica sp.
Lasius alienus (Died) :’(
Lasius subumbratus (2) (New)


Queens currently looking for:
Formica fusca
Lasius neoniger


Queens once more experienced:
Carebara diversa
Myrmecocystus
Odontomachus Sp.




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