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#1 Offline Valkyrie04 - Posted August 12 2022 - 3:40 PM

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I just found these tiny ants near my rabbit hutches. It has rained and the sun had come out and I saw the shimmer of wings on the ground. I actually found 3, each about 6 feet apart. My phone takes really bad shots but this ant is only maybe 4-5 mm if that. Pheidole?? Suggestions on which one? One has dropped wings since she was in the tube. Thx for any wisdom shared.

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#2 Online AntsCali098 - Posted August 12 2022 - 3:41 PM

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Could be a drone. Can you provide clearer pics?

#3 Offline Valkyrie04 - Posted August 12 2022 - 4:13 PM

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Ok now that I have really tried to see these I have found that there are 2 in each tube. Here are some pix. I tried to get better ones. This phone is just not gonna focus on them.

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#4 Online OiledOlives - Posted August 12 2022 - 5:19 PM

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Lasius males, probably L. americanus.

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#5 Offline Valkyrie04 - Posted August 12 2022 - 6:39 PM

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So are they in breeding mode or are these just getting booted out of the nests? I didn't see them on the flight list for North America. Sorry for the ignorance, I am a new ant keeper, and have mostly got Camponotus. 



#6 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 12 2022 - 8:42 PM

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Lasius usually start flying around this time, so they could very well be having their nuptial flight.


"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version






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