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Red Ant Queen Found in Northern CA

red need identifying parasitic fast

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#1 Offline Redmoth27 - Posted August 24 2019 - 3:06 PM



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I'm not sure what she is but she's been running around the top of her enclosure since I got her. I gave her an outer world thinking she was semi-claustral but I'm now thinking she may be parasitic because she hasn't settled down and is always looking for a way out (presumably to find a colony to take over).


1. Location of collection: She was caught in my backyard at the fence that's bordering my yard from a field.

2. Date of collection: 8/19/2019

3. Habitat of collection: A small branch of a small tree secured to a fence near that's home to a small Argentine ant colony.

4. Length: I don't know how to measure but I assume it to be around 7 millimeters.

5. Coloration, hue, pattern, and texture: she's red.

6. characteristics:  Slim, has slightly thick antennas and big eyes.

7. Anything else distinctive: nothing

8. Nest description: Never seen it.

9. Nuptial flight time and date: I don't know, my guess is late summer.


Here's some pictures of her:


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#2 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted August 24 2019 - 3:15 PM


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Pseudomyrmex for sure. I know she is semi-claustral, that she would naturally live in a hollow stick, and that she needs little to no humidity. Maybe try and make something with bamboo? A dry test tube full of sawdust? Other than that I think you should ask someone who keeps this coveted genus. Congrats on your find and welcome Formiculture!

Edited by Antennal_Scrobe, August 24 2019 - 3:22 PM.

Currently keeping:


Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis

#3 Offline ponerinecat - Posted August 24 2019 - 7:59 PM


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#4 Offline Major - Posted August 26 2019 - 2:50 AM


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Nice find!

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#5 Offline Tkmalphurs - Posted August 26 2019 - 9:52 AM


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Judging from its darker color my guess would be Pseudomyrmex apache cause it is the darker of the two Californian Psuedomyrmex species.

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: red, need identifying, parasitic, fast

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