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Amarillo, Texas (9/8/18) Formica Neogagates?

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#1 Offline Spamdy - Posted September 8 2018 - 6:19 PM


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1. Location (on a map) of collection: Armarillo, Texas
2. Date of collection: August 5th
3. Habitat of collection: Cotten field
4. Length (from head to gaster): 8mm 
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Entire body is jet black, only legs have a hint of red. Glossy, shiny body.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: One large Petiole 
7. Distinguishing behavior: Polygynous, I have 2 queens together
8. Nest description: Rotton log

9. Nuptial flight time and date: Afternoon, August 5th










I had previously identified these as Formica neogagates but I want a confirmation from more experienced members.

Edited by Spamdy, September 8 2018 - 6:24 PM.

All my colonies are dead. 




  Pogonomyrmex barbatus

  Pheidole obscurithorax

  Pheidole morens

#2 Offline WeatherAnt - Posted March 17 2019 - 5:18 PM


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#3 Offline Martialis - Posted March 17 2019 - 7:31 PM


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Definitely Formica at the very least.


#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 21 2019 - 5:35 AM


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Formica subsericea or argentea. Neogagates have red legs have matte black bodies and smaller heads, in my experience.

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