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What ant species did you get completely wrong as a beginner?


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#41 Offline Broncos - Posted October 28 2019 - 11:40 AM

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I saw a Pogonomyrmex californicus and thought it was P barbatus.


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#42 Online ANTdrew - Posted October 28 2019 - 4:24 PM

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I saw a Pogonomyrmex californicus and thought it was P barbatus.

For most insects, if you can narrow it down to genus you’re pretty good. Most people don’t even try to name bees to species level, for example.

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#43 Offline ponerinecat - Posted October 30 2019 - 7:30 PM

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Just look online. Some guy posted a pic of two mating beetles asking for an ID and some other guy IDed it as an ant.



#44 Offline CampoKing - Posted December 13 2019 - 10:45 AM

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#45 Offline Formicoidea - Posted December 15 2019 - 3:50 AM

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Sorry but i am still a beginner, and i am still getting the speci... i mean.. genus.. wrong.

The most recent was the sudden realisation that my colony of "Iridomymex bicknelli" (which i've had for about a year) are probably Anonchromymex...


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- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)


#46 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 16 2020 - 11:21 AM

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I thought that a formica sp. queen pupa was an egg...


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#47 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 16 2020 - 2:29 PM

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We actually thought worker pupae were eggs and queen pupae were worker pupae.
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#48 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted September 25 2021 - 10:53 PM

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Leptomyrmex brings a thread back from the dead yet again, beginner antkeeper me identified my Pheidole sp. colony as Anonychomyrma sp.

Then I realised I shouldn't always rely on my nuptial flight timeline. I laugh at myself for doing that now.


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Leptomyrmx is my name, not the title btw : P

I comment on 10 year old posts, kindly deal with it :]
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Rhytidoponera metallica

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#49 Offline KadinB - Posted September 25 2021 - 10:56 PM

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I thought a polyergus mexicanus queen was a invicta worker smh. Super funny to think about.



#50 Offline SYUTEO - Posted September 26 2021 - 12:02 AM

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I once mistaken Iridomyrmex anceps as Paratrechina longicornis, Carebara as Aenictus, Meranoplus bicolor as Crematogaster and even a Vespa tropica worker as a Dinomyrmex gigas queen. :facepalm:


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Camponotus parius x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x1, Lepisiota rothneyi x1, Odontoponera denticulata x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Odontomachus simillimus x1, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Solenopsis geminata x2, Paratopula sp x1, Trichomyrmex destructor x1

 

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#51 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 27 2021 - 3:39 PM

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Strumigenys pilinasis queen as a S. molesta queen, Formica group fusca as Camponotus, Manica hunteri queen as Aphaenogaster queen and Leptothorax canadensis as myrmica(that last one was from May :blush: )


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#52 Offline DaAnt - Posted September 27 2021 - 5:47 PM

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I thought a brachymyrmex patagonicus queen was a linepithema humile queen.   :facepalm:


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#53 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted September 27 2021 - 6:14 PM

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I put a parisitic Lasius queen in a test tube and I was really disappointed when I didn’t get any tetramoruim workers

Edited by AntBoi3030, September 27 2021 - 6:14 PM.

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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#54 Offline KadinB - Posted September 27 2021 - 6:16 PM

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I thought a brachymyrmex patagonicus queen was a linepithema humile queen.   :facepalm:

I think that has happened to almost anyone haha. Including me.


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#55 Offline AntsLA-1 - Posted September 27 2021 - 6:44 PM

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I made the classic mistake of confusing Pogonomyrmex with Solenopsis the first time I saw them.

Same, even someone that walked by said "be careful of those fire ants!"


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Ants are cute, that's that.

 

 

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Camponotus vicinus (low altitude) x1

Pogonomyrmex californicus

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#56 Offline antgallery - Posted September 27 2021 - 8:06 PM

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Somehow I managed to mistake a Crematogaster queen for a Tapinoma Sessile queen lol.


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#57 Offline Chickalo - Posted September 28 2021 - 4:13 AM

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I always cringe at my past self for thinking two Lasius claviger queens were Tetramorium immigrans and Camponotus pennsylavnicus.  IN MY DEFENSE HOWEVER, I was going of the iNats in my area (thought that was all there was) and those were the first queens I've seen, size difference was something completely non-existant when I was smaller.  Yes, now I can tell the difference between the three there was at the time (since Formica was added), and I expanded from that to healthy 20+ species (get your game on, Swampscott iNaturalistic users!)


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