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2 Ant Queen ID's from QLD Australia

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Best Answer Manitobant , November 5 2021 - 6:34 AM

Ill make a guess and say its ochetellus glaber due to superficial similarities, but i may be wrong. Go to the full post


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#1 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 5 2021 - 12:09 AM

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Hey all! I recently got into ant keeping and need some help identifying some Queen ants I found around my house.

 

1. Location of collection: CURRA, Queensland, Australia
2. Date of collection: Over the month of October.
3. Habitat of collection: Open woodlands.
4. Length (from head to gaster): Size are all in pictures next to a mm ruler.
5. Colour, hue, pattern and texture: Both black in colour and seem to be trail ant species. One is very small in size.

 

 

This is a colony I had to remove from a fold-up table. I was able to save the queen and some brood with workers. Its a small species of ant.

Attached File  smaller queen 1.JPG   304.18KB   1 downloads

Attached File  smaller queen 2.JPG   306.63KB   1 downloads

Attached File  smaller queen 3.JPG   322.57KB   1 downloads

 

Other one seems to be a larger species of it. More common around here. Found her running around on the ground in the middle of the day. She has already laid some eggs in the test tube.

Attached File  larger black queen.JPG   274.59KB   1 downloads

 

 

Any help is appreciated, Thank you <3


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#2 Offline antsinvirgina - Posted November 5 2021 - 4:29 AM

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I am not good at this but I think it might be sugar ants


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#3 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted November 5 2021 - 4:54 AM

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Both are what I suspect to be Iridomyrmex species. I may be wrong.

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#4 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 5 2021 - 5:20 AM

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I have been researching and do think the larger one is Irdomyrmex Bicknelli as its the most common black ant in Australia. Pictures match ones on internet.

However the smaller one I have yet to find. I've seen them many times and they are very cute.


Edited by PaigeX, November 5 2021 - 5:21 AM.

Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

Most Favourite I'm keeping: Polyrhachis sp (so many sp), Colobopsis macrocephala, Dolichoderus scrobiculatus
Smaller ones: Carebara sp, Cardiocondyla sp, Stigmacros sp, Pheidole sp
 
Current Journals: Main   Myrmecia nigrocincta
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis

My Instagram: australian_polyrhachis

 

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#5 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 5 2021 - 5:43 AM

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The second one is definitely iridomyrmex. Try to get better pictures of the first one, especially of the queen, as I cannot ID with the poor photo quality.
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#6 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 5 2021 - 5:55 AM

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Yea that was the best i could get. My phone or ipod just can't get a good picture. Ill see what else i can do.

 

The Queen looks identical in every way to the larger queen. Its just way smaller in size. she's about 4-5mm in size.


Edited by PaigeX, November 5 2021 - 6:01 AM.

Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

Most Favourite I'm keeping: Polyrhachis sp (so many sp), Colobopsis macrocephala, Dolichoderus scrobiculatus
Smaller ones: Carebara sp, Cardiocondyla sp, Stigmacros sp, Pheidole sp
 
Current Journals: Main   Myrmecia nigrocincta
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis

My Instagram: australian_polyrhachis

 

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#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 5 2021 - 6:34 AM   Best Answer

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Ill make a guess and say its ochetellus glaber due to superficial similarities, but i may be wrong.

#8 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 5 2021 - 8:01 AM

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Ill make a guess and say its ochetellus glaber due to superficial similarities, but i may be wrong.

Thank you for that! I searched the name and it looks like that's it. Ill do some more research but I think you got it! Thank you for everyone's help <3


Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

Most Favourite I'm keeping: Polyrhachis sp (so many sp), Colobopsis macrocephala, Dolichoderus scrobiculatus
Smaller ones: Carebara sp, Cardiocondyla sp, Stigmacros sp, Pheidole sp
 
Current Journals: Main   Myrmecia nigrocincta
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis

My Instagram: australian_polyrhachis

 

May God Bless you.






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