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Indianapolis, IN 6/11/21 ID (injured queen?)

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#1 Offline Roll Me-Wan Kenobi - Posted June 10 2021 - 10:20 PM

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1. Location of collection: Indianapolis, IN USA. Found on pavement of my front porch

2. Date of collection: 6/10/21
3. Habitat of collection: Lightly wooded suburban area, found on front porch
4. Length : 14-15 mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture : Rust red gaster and head with darker red thorax
6. Distinguishing characteristics: red color and large size
7. Anything else distinctive (ie: odor, behavior, characteristics relative to others in the colony, etc.). One of the armor plates of the gaster has been broken and its...guts?...are visible. The ant was like this before capture, I was very careful when coaxing it into the tube. It seems mostly unaffected, it was moving about and was quite lively upon capture. 
8. Nest description: I see a lot of workers from this species on my front porch so I assume a nest is close by. 

9. Nuptial flight time and date (if you witnessed the ant or it's colony having a nuptial flight or caught an alate you are confident was flying that day or time) Collected 6/10 with wings already removed so most likely a day or two before then. 






Was the injury on her thorax (pictured above) likely a scar from battle? Will she be able to heal or survive it? 

Currently keeping:


Species                    Colony Size

Aphaenogaster sp.   100+ 

C. castaneus            6  

C. pennsylvanicus    50+

F. pallidefulva           20

F. fusca                    50+

L. niger                    100+

T. immigrans            8

#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 10 2021 - 10:32 PM


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Looks like a camponotus castaneus. Only time will tell if she heals or lives.

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A. versicolor, C. us-ca02, C. yogi, C. Vicinus, C. laevigatus, C. clarithorax, C. maritimus, C. ocreatus, M. mexicanus, M. placodops 01, V. andrei, V. pergandei, N. cockerelli, P. barbata, P. montanus

Hoping to Catch This season:

M. romanei, M. placodops 02, P. imberbiculus, Polyergus sp., F. moki, A. megomatta, Cyphomyrmex sp.,Temnothorax sp.

#3 Offline Crazycow - Posted June 11 2021 - 12:20 AM


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ants are very resilient and can survive a lot so it's just gonna take time to tell.

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