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ID for Pheidole found in Florida?

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#1 Offline SurfingTangents - Posted February 2 2023 - 6:44 AM


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I have 2 colonies. Someone told me they are pheidole obscurithorax but I’m not sure. Found in South Florida.

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#2 Offline antsriondel - Posted February 2 2023 - 7:15 AM


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Yeah it does look like P. obscurithorax, but it will be nearly impossible to confirm without better photos.

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#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 3 2023 - 8:25 AM


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I’d argue its pheidole megacephala rather than obscurithorax. To my knowledge, obscurithorax aren’t polygynous.
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#4 Offline madbiologist - Posted February 3 2023 - 8:29 AM



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I'd agree with Manitobant, Pheidole obscurithorax appears to only be found in northern and central Florida, and queens also appear to not be as shiny as these. Pheidole megacephala on the other hand, is a common invasive across all of Florida, and colonies are known to be highly polygynous.

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#5 Offline Aaron567 - Posted March 22 2023 - 4:17 PM


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Sorry to bump an older topic--this is Pheidole megacephala.

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