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#1 Online cooIboyJ - Posted March 13 2024 - 12:04 PM

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Date: 3/13/2024

              

                          I caught a new queen ant at the park a few days ago. The queen does not seem very light sensitive, does anyone know the species?

                       Here are the pics:                                                                                                                                                                         (Sorry if the pics are a little blurry)

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Edited by cooIboyJ, March 13 2024 - 12:06 PM.

currently keeping: colony 1. 1 brachymyrmex queen, 0 workers, first pupae!  :D

                             colony 2. 13 brachymyrmex queens, 0 workers

                             colony 3.  1 solenopsis xyloni queen 0 workers

                              


#2 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 13 2024 - 1:13 PM

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It looks like either Lasius latipes a parasitic species, or a Solenopsis genus species. 


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#3 Offline PurdueEntomology - Posted March 13 2024 - 1:46 PM

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I would venture it is either the sub-family Formicinae or Dolichoderinae.  It may be a Forelius spp. or Dorymyrmex spp. The images leave much to the imagination. 



#4 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 13 2024 - 2:36 PM

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Looks like Dorymyrmex bureni
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Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#5 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted March 13 2024 - 3:17 PM

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It's Dorymyrmex (crazy ants, pyramid ants).They should like sugar.


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#6 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 13 2024 - 3:43 PM

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I would venture it is either the sub-family Formicinae or Dolichoderinae.  It may be a Forelius spp. or Dorymyrmex spp. The images leave much to the imagination. 

Wow totally forgot about Forelius. It looks similar to this Forelius Queen: https://www.formicul...ius-sp-journal/. Also Dorymyrmex are more elongated than the ants in these photos. Would really require better photos to confirm though.


Edited by antsriondel, March 14 2024 - 5:10 PM.


#7 Online cooIboyJ - Posted March 14 2024 - 1:25 PM

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Would it help if I mention that I caught it from a super colony?


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currently keeping: colony 1. 1 brachymyrmex queen, 0 workers, first pupae!  :D

                             colony 2. 13 brachymyrmex queens, 0 workers

                             colony 3.  1 solenopsis xyloni queen 0 workers

                              


#8 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted March 14 2024 - 1:47 PM

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Would it help if I mention that I caught it from a super colony?

This doesn't help too much in itself, but it does tell us that the species does not have majors (which is why i suspect Dorymyrmex)


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#9 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 14 2024 - 1:49 PM

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Yes Dorymyrmex are common in Henderson  Nevada


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Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#10 Offline ReignofRage - Posted March 14 2024 - 4:28 PM

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It is almost definitely Forelius, which are known to form "super colonies." The pictures aren't decent, but they at least show the eye size, eye placement, and head shape.


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#11 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 14 2024 - 4:37 PM

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What do you mean by a supercolony ? Thousands of workers strong and a big nest?
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Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#12 Online cooIboyJ - Posted March 15 2024 - 9:40 AM

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Multiple queens


currently keeping: colony 1. 1 brachymyrmex queen, 0 workers, first pupae!  :D

                             colony 2. 13 brachymyrmex queens, 0 workers

                             colony 3.  1 solenopsis xyloni queen 0 workers

                              


#13 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 15 2024 - 10:01 AM

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They could just be a poly colony.


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Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#14 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted March 15 2024 - 6:27 PM

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It is almost definitely Forelius, which are known to form "super colonies." The pictures aren't decent, but they at least show the eye size, eye placement, and head shape.

Forelius mcooki to be exact (hopefully) I was thinking that after some research.


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 (colonies)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

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

4x - P. imparis (colonies)  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/


#15 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 15 2024 - 7:19 PM

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I agree after, some deeper research it look to be F.mcooki

 

Edit:F.mccooki


Edited by GOCAMPONOTUS, March 16 2024 - 11:49 AM.

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Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#16 Offline ReignofRage - Posted March 15 2024 - 7:52 PM

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I have no clue as to how you are negating F. pruinosus. The spelling of F. mccooki is "mccooki" as well, not "mcooki."


Edited by ReignofRage, March 15 2024 - 7:53 PM.

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#17 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted March 16 2024 - 4:29 AM

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It actually seems to be Forelius.

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#18 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 16 2024 - 9:18 AM

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#19 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted March 16 2024 - 4:06 PM

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This queen has an overall darker appearance, which makes me believe that it is F. pruinosus as ReignofRage stated. Other than that, we need some better pics since color isn’t always the best indicator.

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 (colonies)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

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

4x - P. imparis (colonies)  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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