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#1 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted February 10 2024 - 10:54 AM

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After a while I finally saw a good nuptial flight in here. There were lots of winged ants and termites around, but this queen is the only one I decided to keep. She landed on my arm and I think she looks pretty interesting.

 

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

Date of collection: 10/02/2024

Habitat of collection: garden.

Length: I'd guess she is about 7 mm long.

Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: almost entirely shiny black, with some pale markings on the gaster.

Distinguishing characteristics: rather bulky, with short antennae, and an almost square-shaped head when seen from above.

 

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#2 Online bmb1bee - Posted February 10 2024 - 11:49 AM

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Lovely queen you've found. I'm not proficient at IDing ants outside of California, but my best guess for these would be Cephalotes sp. 


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#3 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 10 2024 - 11:59 AM

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Like what bmb1bee said. It is in the genus Cephalotes, and I believe it’s a Cehpalotes minutes alate, or C. minutus.

Edited by Artisan_Ants, February 10 2024 - 12:00 PM.

Keeping:

2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

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#4 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted February 10 2024 - 6:23 PM

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Thanks guys.

 

Are they fully claustral?



#5 Offline ZATrippit - Posted February 10 2024 - 11:39 PM

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Thanks guys.

Are they fully claustral?


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#6 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 11 2024 - 5:00 AM

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Majority of some studies show that they like to live in trees; so you if your housing her, then you have to make it look like a wood nest. They are also polygynous.

Keeping:

2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

Check out my C. nearcticus journal here: https://www.formicul...cticus-journal/

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#7 Online bmb1bee - Posted February 11 2024 - 9:53 AM

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Majority of some studies show that they like to live in trees; so you if your housing her, then you have to make it look like a wood nest. They are also polygynous.

I would be cautious on the "polygynous" part. Cephalotes texana may be polygynous, but that doesn't apply to all species in the genus. 


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#8 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 11 2024 - 10:22 AM

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Majority of some studies show that they like to live in trees; so you if your housing her, then you have to make it look like a wood nest. They are also polygynous.

I would be cautious on the "polygynous" part. Cephalotes texana may be polygynous, but that doesn't apply to all species in the genus.
It was just a statement from some study, but yeah; you have a point.

Keeping:

2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

Check out my C. nearcticus journal here: https://www.formicul...cticus-journal/

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#9 Offline AntidepressAnt - Posted February 11 2024 - 3:25 PM

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Right now she is in a homemade starter formicarium made of plaster, is that alright? I don't know a thing about woodworking.



#10 Offline JesseTheAntKid - Posted February 11 2024 - 8:06 PM

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I'm sure she'll be fine. It's the same stuff E. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler used in their studies for ants.


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#11 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 12 2024 - 4:46 AM

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I'm sure she'll be fine. It's the same stuff E. O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler used in their studies for ants.

True, and plus; it keeps a lot of moisture in like wood.

Keeping:

2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

Check out my C. nearcticus journal here: https://www.formicul...cticus-journal/

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/






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