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Lasius worker ID Margate, Fl

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Best Answer Aaron567 , August 11 2022 - 9:12 PM

This would be Lasius americanus. I know there was someone a couple of years ago who claimed to have found a queen of this species in southeastern Florida, pretty sure it was Broward county just like this. I did not believe them because it seems impossible; even up in northwest Florida where I am, Lasius is only found in unusual environments that get quite cold and are more "un-Florida-like." So for this species to have an actual population in urban southeast Florida would be almost comparable to polar bears roaming the suburbs of New Jersey. It's certainly wacky, and I wonder if it's more likely that this is some kind of introduced southern European species that is suited to more mild climates.... something that I think ought to be investigated.

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#1 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 11 2022 - 8:20 AM

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Possible species: Lasius Neoniger
Cast: worker
Location: Margrate, FL
Description: shiny black looking Laius
Where: I found a Lasius colony with brood and took some brood and one cocoon was hatched and I want to know what species of Lasius it is. They were underneath a rock under a palm tree. They are fast but have no color to them. They look like neoniger but I want to know for sure. Posting pictures now.

If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 


#2 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 11 2022 - 8:23 AM

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If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 


#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted August 11 2022 - 8:35 AM

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Many people here don’t like clicking outside links, especially ones which you have to download. Try inserting the photos directly into the forum.

#4 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 11 2022 - 8:36 AM

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The photo links don't work. Just considering your location, however, it's pretty much guaranteed that they aren't a Lasius species.


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#5 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 11 2022 - 9:56 AM

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It does not allow me too. Drive is the only way. 


Edited by AntsTopia, August 11 2022 - 9:57 AM.

If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 


#6 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 11 2022 - 10:03 AM

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I use drive links and they imbed just fine. Try using imgur, or make sure its set to "everyone with the link can view".

Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

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...


#7 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 11 2022 - 10:07 AM

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#8 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 11 2022 - 2:59 PM

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These should work


If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 


#9 Offline Manitobant - Posted August 11 2022 - 3:59 PM

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That does actually look like Lasius. Amazing find, as they are EXTREMELY rare in Florida.

Edited by Manitobant, August 12 2022 - 3:46 AM.


#10 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 11 2022 - 7:59 PM

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this is my first sighting of a established lasius colony. I probably should not have taken brood from them then lol. They are around the size of a tetramorium worker. Do you guys indeed think they neoniger?

If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 


#11 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 11 2022 - 9:12 PM   Best Answer

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This would be Lasius americanus. I know there was someone a couple of years ago who claimed to have found a queen of this species in southeastern Florida, pretty sure it was Broward county just like this. I did not believe them because it seems impossible; even up in northwest Florida where I am, Lasius is only found in unusual environments that get quite cold and are more "un-Florida-like." So for this species to have an actual population in urban southeast Florida would be almost comparable to polar bears roaming the suburbs of New Jersey. It's certainly wacky, and I wonder if it's more likely that this is some kind of introduced southern European species that is suited to more mild climates.... something that I think ought to be investigated.


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#12 Offline AntsTopia - Posted August 12 2022 - 5:37 AM

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Ok that settles it then. After looking at more photos the workers are of L. Americanus. Now I got to find a queen of that species.

If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…

SO MUCH BETTER

 

Keeper of: 

Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, X2 Tetramorium Sp. E, Prenolepis Imparis, Crematogaster ????????
,Lasius ????????

Looking for: Solenopsis Geminata, Solenopsis Invicta, Paratrechina Longicornis, Pogonomyrmex Badius, Camponotus Tortuganus

 

 

 






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