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What ant species is this?

ants formica identification

Best Answer Virginian_ants , January 26 2023 - 4:02 PM

Probably Formica fusca or Formica argentea. It may be another species but most likely one of those two. Most Formica fusca groups care is mostly the same. Go to the full post


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#1 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 24 2023 - 7:33 AM

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Okay as everyone who has read my journal knows, I have a colony of Formica but I have never been able to identify what species it is. If anyone knows the exact species, that would help me a lot, thanks!  :)

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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 24 2023 - 9:15 AM

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Probably F. subaenescens or one of the other standard black fusca group species.

#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 24 2023 - 3:46 PM

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Yeah, you can't get any further than Fusca group Formica without better images & information.


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...


#4 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 24 2023 - 5:03 PM

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Yeah, you can't get any further than Fusca group Formica without better images & information.

Yeah, I am going to need to invest in a good macro lens soon. :blush:



#5 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted January 25 2023 - 3:50 PM

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Definitely Formica fusca group. Do you know where you got them?

#6 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 25 2023 - 4:49 PM

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Definitely Formica fusca group. Do you know where you got them?

I live in Riondel British Columbia Canada. 



#7 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted January 26 2023 - 4:02 PM   Best Answer

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Probably Formica fusca or Formica argentea. It may be another species but most likely one of those two. Most Formica fusca groups care is mostly the same.

#8 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted January 26 2023 - 4:09 PM

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Probably Formica fusca or Formica argentea. It may be another species but most likely one of those two. Most Formica fusca groups care is mostly the same.
Probably Formica fusca or Formica argentea. It may be another species but most likely one of those two. Most Formica fusca groups care is mostly the same.

#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 26 2023 - 4:41 PM

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Probably Formica fusca or Formica argentea. It may be another species but most likely one of those two. Most Formica fusca groups care is mostly the same.

Yeah I agree with it being argentea, when I look at the photos on AntWiki and they look identical.







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