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#1 Offline aheyer - Posted June 8 2023 - 10:10 AM

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Hello,

I am looking to see if what species of ant this is. I am also not sure if it is a major or queen. Just looked really unique compared to the other ants I saw. It had a black head and a yellow thorax and yellow gaster with strips. It is about 10 to 12 mm long.

It was collected in Mendon MA on June 8th 2023. The ant was walking around on my driveway. There are woods to one side of the driveway and my yard on the other. I did not see any other ants that looked like this.

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#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 8 2023 - 10:21 AM

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Camponotus americanus, minor worker
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#3 Offline aheyer - Posted June 8 2023 - 10:29 AM

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Thank you,

Any advice on finding Camponotus queens? Seems to be the majority ants I am seeing.

#4 Offline aheyer - Posted June 8 2023 - 10:50 AM

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So funny enough I went to get my mail and I believe I did finally find a Camponotus queen running across the driveway. I do see wing scars, hopefully the photo shows them. Mostly black with a slightly red striped gaster and Over 12mm. Not sure what species though.

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#5 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted June 8 2023 - 11:25 AM

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So funny enough I went to get my mail and I believe I did finally find a Camponotus queen running across the driveway. I do see wing scars, hopefully the photo shows them. Mostly black with a slightly red striped gaster and Over 12mm. Not sure what species though.

maybe a dark camponotus chromaiodes

#6 Offline aheyer - Posted June 8 2023 - 11:45 AM

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I was thinking either a Camponotus pennsylvanicus or Camponotus herculeanus from trying to use a New England ant ID guide. It's is a queen though correct?

#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 8 2023 - 11:50 AM

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Hit post once and wait.
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#8 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 8 2023 - 7:19 PM

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Camponotus pennsylvanicus, and yes it's a queen
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#9 Offline James C. Trager - Posted June 14 2023 - 8:20 AM

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Note, no C. herculeanus in eastern MA. You'd have to go north to find them. 






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