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Northern US Near Great Lakes | Ant Queen ID | Aug / 18 / 22

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Best Answer ZTYguy , August 18 2022 - 5:59 PM

I have little experience with ants outside of California but it looks like Aphaenogaster tennesseensis to me.

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#1 Offline ADragonSoulAnts - Posted August 18 2022 - 5:56 PM

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1. Location (on a map) of collection: 

Northern Midwest US, Near great lakes. Collected on my Family's farm.

2. Date of collection: 

Today Aug/18/22 around 12pm, weather was clear and sunny about 80F, no recent rain.

3. Habitat of collection: 

Farmland/ Shaded yard, collected on cement sidewalk

4. Length (from head to gaster):

Unkown, About as large (maybe a tad larger) as C. pennsylvanicus nanitic. She is in an AC test tube in the pictures if that helps for scale.

5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: 

Redish orange, very smooth and shiny

6. Distinguishing characteristics: 

Short and round gaster with no obvious segments. 2 spines on lower end of the thorax on either side (visible in 1 photo) and 2 petiole.

7. Distinguishing behavior:

Relatively calm, walked right on my hand and into the test tube, stayed pretty still for photos even under a bright light. Not something I can usually get ants to do

8. Nest description: 

Unknown

9. Nuptial flight time and date:

Unknown

 

The shape of the gaster is really what's throwing me off, I had some one suggest already that she may be Solenopsis invicta how ever they do not live near my range but other Solenopsis may.

 

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#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted August 18 2022 - 5:59 PM   Best Answer

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I have little experience with ants outside of California but it looks like Aphaenogaster tennesseensis to me.


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#3 Offline ADragonSoulAnts - Posted August 18 2022 - 6:36 PM

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That looks to be it! Thank you!
Now to figure out what to do with this temporary parasite queen



#4 Offline NicholasP - Posted August 21 2022 - 9:03 AM

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1. Location (on a map) of collection: 

Northern Midwest US, Near great lakes. Collected on my Family's farm.

2. Date of collection: 

Today Aug/18/22 around 12pm, weather was clear and sunny about 80F, no recent rain.

3. Habitat of collection: 

Farmland/ Shaded yard, collected on cement sidewalk

4. Length (from head to gaster):

Unkown, About as large (maybe a tad larger) as C. pennsylvanicus nanitic. She is in an AC test tube in the pictures if that helps for scale.

5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: 

Redish orange, very smooth and shiny

6. Distinguishing characteristics: 

Short and round gaster with no obvious segments. 2 spines on lower end of the thorax on either side (visible in 1 photo) and 2 petiole.

7. Distinguishing behavior:

Relatively calm, walked right on my hand and into the test tube, stayed pretty still for photos even under a bright light. Not something I can usually get ants to do

8. Nest description: 

Unknown

9. Nuptial flight time and date:

Unknown

 

The shape of the gaster is really what's throwing me off, I had some one suggest already that she may be Solenopsis invicta how ever they do not live near my range but other Solenopsis may.

 

ro8Nm3Ht1As-neOyHYTi_xa445E6PHad34ZWil73

jm2zZCAzpoC-8VlmRPDssy6Zn4YWlgMC_e-ptgooxAn6kjMYWngHVTOC1O4axeJqikmSabZ-Io06aSnqc0EdHsuA-vfD90NegFKd3QrjUm3arsdph7G-0iSS

I can't see the pictures at all. It shows "error 400". If you live in Michigan though let me know and I could possibly buy the queen from you.







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