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Is this Pheidole Pilifera? (VERY rare where I live, just need to be sure!)

is this pheidole pilifera pheidole pilifera very rare very rare where live just need to be sure

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#1 Offline jushi - Posted June 2 2020 - 10:52 AM

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Hello! Any help would be appreciated! :)

 

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1. Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
2. June 2, 2020
 
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1. Location: Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA

2. Date of collection: Caught on March 28, 2020
3. Surrounding landscape: Forested area
4. Size: around 5mm
5. Coloration/texture: Dark redish-brown/black, translucent, Some hairs, shiny gaster.
6. Physical description: Two petiole nodes, slightly larger head, average size eyes, orange colored mandibles, a spike just above her two nodes, club-like antenae
7. Observed behavior: REALLY enjoys digging in the cotton of her test tube!
8. Nests: No nests for reference

9. Nuptial flight time: 2:00 PM, no other nuptial flights were visible, the queen was caught under a stone
10 Picture: (below)
 
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Sorry for the blurry photo, unfortunately that is the best I can do :(

           


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#2 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 2 2020 - 10:55 AM

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Looks like Myrmica sp.
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#3 Offline jushi - Posted June 2 2020 - 11:04 AM

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Looks like Myrmica sp.

 

Thanks for your help!


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#4 Offline VoidElecent - Posted June 2 2020 - 11:35 AM

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Looks like Myrmica sp.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Thank you for the post :) Quick heads up—since you caught her in March, chances are she flew last year and was getting ready to found this year. There is also a chance she had a young colony with workers and brood somewhere in the depths beneath the rock under which you found her and she was at the surface to forage.

 

Regardless, she will be able to establish a new colony with the right care. Remember, Myrmica are semi-claustral, meaning you will want to feed her a small insect once every two or three days, preferably in a small outworld, if you can.


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#5 Offline Temperateants - Posted June 2 2020 - 12:34 PM

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Looks like Myrmica sp.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Thank you for the post :) Quick heads up—since you caught her in March, chances are she flew last year and was getting ready to found this year. There is also a chance she had a young colony with workers and brood somewhere in the depths beneath the rock under which you found her and she was at the surface to forage.

 

Regardless, she will be able to establish a new colony with the right care. Remember, Myrmica are semi-claustral, meaning you will want to feed her a small insect once every two or three days, preferably in a small outworld, if you can.

 

Man, I caught mine in September (unfortunately I couldn't raise one correctly) but that IS DARK. At least if she left behind workers the brood will live out their existences, but if its a cluster of larvae they're just gonna die out.


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#6 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 2 2020 - 12:35 PM

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Yeah some sort of myrmica.


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