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#1 Offline justanotheramy - Posted May 5 2020 - 6:37 AM

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My daughter (7) spotted this big ant when we were arguing about bedtime.
I thought she was inventing delays, but she insisted on waiting it out and…

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…successful capture!

She (the ant) is in a test tube inside red perspex, and is cotton-pulling energetically.
Any ideas what she might be from the terrible photo, and what she needs from us?

Should I rush out and buy her a formicarium? Or wait and see?



#2 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted May 5 2020 - 6:42 AM

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That is a Camponotus major, not a queen. But at least you know they are in your area.


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#3 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted May 5 2020 - 6:46 AM

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Not a queen, but a great find nonetheless! Majors are always cool.


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#4 Offline justanotheramy - Posted May 5 2020 - 6:58 AM

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She will be so disappointed — she's convinced she can see wing scars, although personally I can't.

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Thanks for the info.
Off  to break the news…
 



#5 Offline justanotheramy - Posted May 5 2020 - 7:00 AM

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Anyone have any pics of what this worker's queen would look like?



#6 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 5 2020 - 7:15 AM

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Not sure if this is your species, but Camponotus consobrinus is native and common to Australia nonetheless:

 

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#7 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 5 2020 - 7:59 AM

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This does appear to be conso. Your daughter is likely seeing the grooves separating the different sections of the thorax and mistaking them for wing scars.


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#8 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 5 2020 - 9:01 AM

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This does appear to be conso. Your daughter is likely seeing the grooves separating the different sections of the thorax and mistaking them for wing scars.

Any Camponotus should be close enough for her daughter to compare to a major.


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#9 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 5 2020 - 9:26 AM

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Not a queen, but a great find nonetheless! Majors are always cool.

Yes. And, sometimes cooler than finding a queen. Their big heads are pretty sweet


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#10 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 5 2020 - 11:34 AM

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Well, I'd still rather have a queen............


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#11 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted May 5 2020 - 11:39 AM

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Well, I'd still rather have a queen............

You could catch a Carebara queen and have both!


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#12 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 5 2020 - 11:48 AM

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I wish......


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#13 Online Manitobant - Posted May 5 2020 - 4:08 PM

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Sadly nuptial season is almost over in your area, but you can still find foraging myrmecia. Camponotus will probably have to wait til next year.
Colony wish list:

Solenopsis invicta
Paratrechina longicornis
Pheidole megacephala
Harpagoxenus canadensis
Temnothorax Americanus




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