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St Augustine, FL 8/25/21 Ant I.D help (I'm new)


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#1 Offline Appo - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:15 PM

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Hey ya'lI, first time ant queen hunter here. I found this ant in my driveway getting out of my car after work AFTER searching for one all day at work (funny how that works). It's exactly 5mm long and I only noticed it because it had a big ole abdomen in proportion to its body. Sorry for the picture quality but it's hard to get a good clear up close shot of it with my phone through the test tube. From reading other post's I guessed its a Lasius species but I don't actually know, and I have a jewelers magnifying glass but it's hard to tell if there is wing scars so I'm not even sure it's a queen (Do you think it's one?). I can try to get some other shots if needed, I appreciate any responses.

 

1. Location of collection: In my Driveway

2. Date of collection: 8/25/21 about 6:30pm Eastern
3. Habitat of collection: Home community
4. Length: 5mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: Has a dark brown or black thorax, a lighter but similar colored abdomen with these honey colored bands on it.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Honestly not sure here
7. Anything else distinctive: Not sure about here either, as I was using my magnifying glass I saw it cleaning itself a lot and also at one point curled it's gaster to clean the end of it?

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#2 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:18 PM

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looks like a lasius Americanus or Flavius I can't tell from those pics


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#3 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:20 PM

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you also need your location in your profile and its definitely a queen


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#4 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:27 PM

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there are probably a lot more out there because I found 75 lasius americanus just on my driveway 



#5 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:31 PM

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could also be lasius alienus



#6 Offline Appo - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:40 PM

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looks like a lasius Americanus or Flavius I can't tell from those pics

Sorry about those I just updated the photos



#7 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:48 PM

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Brachymyrmex sp. Either patagonicus or obscurior.

 

Nancy Zamora, instead of spamming many posts, edit your first post to put new information in, it makes threads like these far more organized. :)


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#8 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 4:56 PM

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I saw the new pictures and they do look like brachymyrmex 



#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted August 25 2021 - 5:30 PM

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you also need your location in your profile and its definitely a queen

That’s only if they want to buy/sell ants in the market.

#10 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 25 2021 - 6:53 PM

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yes but some species aren't in other places.

Edit: Oh I just realized his location was in the title


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#11 Offline fANTasticInsects - Posted August 26 2021 - 4:07 AM

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That is for sure Brachymyrex, I have tons of them and I have kept them for years now. They are a super great beginner species if it is. I could also see Lasius Americanus if it’s larger but I am pretty sure it’s Brachymyrex

#12 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 26 2021 - 5:51 AM

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Most likely Brachymyrmex obscurior due to the time of the day she was found. B. patagonicus is usually found attracted to lights later at night.


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