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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 Offline 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:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

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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:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

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


#7 Offline 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:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

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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Previously kept: Monomorium minimum, Pheidole dentata

 

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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:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

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






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