Myrmecocystus placodops journal
I recently got 1 M. placodops queen. She was caught after a flight on June 25th in SoCal. I've heard their survival rate is pretty good so hopefully she does well.
Based off of some worker specimen from the location they were caught, these queens are likely M. placodops_02, which are closely related to the M. placodops_01 caught in southern Texas that have orbiculate heads. While I haven't managed to find any descriptions or pictures of placodops_02, I'm fairly certain these are the 02 variant because 03 is much smaller than 02 and about the size of M. koso. They also likely aren't one of the 5 variants of M. mendax based on identification I got from the key. Here are some microscope pictures:
I have pictures and videos starting from June 30. Here they are:
She's fatter because I fed her some nectar.
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Edited by sirjordanncurtis, July 5 2021 - 11:17 AM.