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Cottonwood,CA 24 sep 2021 queen ID


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#1 Offline MaydayVFR - Posted September 24 2021 - 10:23 PM

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Hey guys. Long time insect keeper but new to ants. In my travels I’ve actually been overlooking these guys. They’re tiny and blend in very well. I can’t get a positive id so any help would be appreciated. I lost my cam microscope so this is best I can do with awful digi zoom. Thanks!
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#2 Online KadinB - Posted September 24 2021 - 10:43 PM

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I wanna say these are myrmecocystus mexicanus or myrmecocystus navajo. There common name is the honey pot ant.



#3 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted September 24 2021 - 10:54 PM

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Definitely not a Myrmecocystus sp, Cottonwood is far out of their range and they appear very small. Possibly Brachymyrmex, but it will be hard to tell exactly without closer photos.
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#4 Offline MaydayVFR - Posted September 24 2021 - 11:42 PM

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I’ll try to get better ones. Yea we’re In Northern California. I guess that would be a better location title haha. I’ll get a measurement too but they’re tiny tiny. Hence the terrible zoom. Let me see if I can find something to get better pics.


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#5 Online Manitobant - Posted September 25 2021 - 7:33 AM

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Brachymyrmex depilis is my guess, considering the small size and body shape of the queens.
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 25 2021 - 10:01 AM

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Brachymyrmex depilis is my guess, considering the small size and body shape of the queens.

Agreed

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#7 Online KadinB - Posted September 25 2021 - 2:49 PM

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I wanna say these are myrmecocystus mexicanus or myrmecocystus navajo. There common name is the honey pot ant.

I suck at id........



#8 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted September 25 2021 - 6:20 PM

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Brachymyrmex depilis is my guess, considering the small size and body shape of the queens.

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