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Goose Creek, South Carolina, 5/25/22


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#1 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted May 25 2022 - 5:34 AM

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I picked up several of these last night while looking for a different species, and I am hoping to get an id.  My guess is Tapinoma sessile, but that is purely a guess.

 

They are approximately 4 to 4.5mm, almost non existent petiole, redish brown head and thorax with a black gaster.  The gaster has some faint yellow lines.   Eyes are spread to the outside of the head.

 

They were caught in a suburban back yard about 45 minutes after sunset using a black light.

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#2 Offline OiledOlives - Posted May 25 2022 - 5:45 AM

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Pheidole queens.


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#3 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted May 25 2022 - 7:08 AM

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#4 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted May 25 2022 - 7:38 AM

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So Mississippi State University entomology page lists 10 species of pheidole in South Carolina.  Would the care generally be the same?  I see two care sheets for Pheidole on the forum.  If I follow these should I be ok?



#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 25 2022 - 8:15 AM

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Infinitely cooler than Tapinoma.
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#6 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted May 25 2022 - 8:21 AM

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Infinitely cooler than Tapinoma.

I hope so.  



#7 Offline OiledOlives - Posted May 25 2022 - 9:31 AM

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So Mississippi State University entomology page lists 10 species of pheidole in South Carolina.  Would the care generally be the same?  I see two care sheets for Pheidole on the forum.  If I follow these should I be ok?

Generally the same for all of them, yeah. The species you have is a generalist so as long as you feed sugars and protein after founding, it should grow very well. 
time collected rules out P. tysoni, it's not any fallax-group queen which rules out morrisii and dentata, and I'm sure someone more experienced in SE US Pheidole could get it down to a couple species.


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#8 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted May 25 2022 - 2:21 PM

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So Mississippi State University entomology page lists 10 species of pheidole in South Carolina.  Would the care generally be the same?  I see two care sheets for Pheidole on the forum.  If I follow these should I be ok?

Generally the same for all of them, yeah. The species you have is a generalist so as long as you feed sugars and protein after founding, it should grow very well. 
time collected rules out P. tysoni, it's not any fallax-group queen which rules out morrisii and dentata, and I'm sure someone more experienced in SE US Pheidole could get it down to a couple species.

 

Strictly looking at pictures I could find online, I was thinking dentata or metallescens.  Why did you rule out dentata?  What is a fallacy group queen?  Trying to build my knowledge base a little.



#9 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted May 25 2022 - 2:40 PM

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Disregard, I found “Pheidole in the New World” on Antwiki.  I have some serious reading and learning to do.


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#10 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 25 2022 - 8:36 PM

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It is probably either Pheidole bicarinata or P. metallescens judging by color, size, and overall body shape.


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#11 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 26 2022 - 10:12 AM

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It is probably either Pheidole bicarinata or P. metallescens judging by color, size, and overall body shape.

Agreed. All I can find here that is pheidole is navigans for some reason, but these definitely look like pheidole. Might need a bit better pics to confirm the specific species.






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