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Couple of queens from Paracuru, Brazil

queen id identification

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#1 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted January 3 2024 - 12:20 PM

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These are the first queens I've ever caught. Got them from a backyard 2 days ago. Pretty sure they are the same species. Sorry about the quality, my crappy phone camera is all I have.

 

"Queen A":

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"Queen B":

 

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 3 2024 - 3:56 PM

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Camponotus species.
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#3 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted January 3 2024 - 6:39 PM

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I just read the topic with the template for ant IDs and realised I didn't follow it at all, so I will say what I can here.

 

Location: Paracuru (town), Ceará (state), Brazil.

Date of collection: 01/01/2024

Habitat of collection: a backyard in a fairly urban area.

Length: I didn't measure them when I got them and would rather not mess with them for a while now. but I would guess about 15 mm.

Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: the head is dark brown or black. The thorax is dark above and brownish yellow below. The gaster is dark with yellow markings above, and yellow below. Shiny exoskeleton.

 

I often see workers which I'm pretty sure belong to the same species as these queens foraging both indoors and outdoors, but I don't think I've ever seen their nest. They are more active during the night.


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#4 Offline Voidley - Posted January 4 2024 - 5:21 PM

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I think that those are Camponotus substitutus, but I’m not 100% sure. I am not very good with IDing ants that aren’t local to me.
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#5 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted January 4 2024 - 5:35 PM

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I looked up Camponotus substitutus and from what I (as a newbie just looking at pictures) can tell it looks very much like it!


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