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Queen (ID as Pheidole sp.) - Caught 07/2020 - NJ

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#1 Offline Boog - Posted October 3 2020 - 3:20 AM

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Saved this lady from a swimming pool back in late July in central New Jersey and have been raising this incipient colony since. Brood was quick to rear and I've got about two dozen workers and one big-headed major that I need to photograph in a future update for my journal. I'm guessing a Pheidole sp. of some sort? They're so tiny (I thought my Tapinoma ants were small) that the minor workers are around 1.5 mm or so. Difficult to get some decent pics for their size and the plastic tube I used causes distortion.

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I tried getting an antennae shot.

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They're growing fast and I'm wondering what I should upgrade them too. I've got THA Mini-Hearths I want to try out but I'm wary of how tiny these gals are.


Edited by Boog, October 8 2020 - 8:26 AM.

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 3 2020 - 4:23 AM

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My guess would be Pheidole bicarinata, but I’ll leave it to the experts on here.
My Pheidole are absolutely thriving in a THA Mini-Hearth. You can read about them in my Phatheads journal.
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#3 Offline ponerinecat - Posted October 3 2020 - 8:50 AM

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Pheidole for sure. Not very good with these though.


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#4 Offline Somethinghmm - Posted October 3 2020 - 10:46 AM

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Pheidole tysoni perhaps?


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#5 Offline Froggy - Posted October 3 2020 - 11:15 AM

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Looks more like pilifera to me but idk


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#6 Offline NickAnter - Posted October 3 2020 - 12:16 PM

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Looks like bicarinata to me.


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Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#7 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted October 3 2020 - 3:59 PM

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Ph. bicarinata


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#8 Offline Somethinghmm - Posted October 3 2020 - 4:39 PM

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Didn't Pheidole bicarinata queens have propodeal spines?

 

EDIT: Just spotted the spines, my bad


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#9 Offline Boog - Posted October 8 2020 - 8:30 AM

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Thanks, folks! This will be a new ant journey as I've been too caught up with my current colonies that I'm now having to add more diverse ant care into my future. The antkeeping fever is in full effect %)


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