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Identification needed Kootenay lake, British Columbia Canada: 12/5/2024.

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Best Answer antsriondel , May 13 2024 - 3:12 PM

Temnothorax since you mentioned log perhaps. Not sure on the specific species and I’m generally not sure it this is Temnothorax at all but it’s my best guess here. It could even be Pheidole but the pictures don’t look like it. Solonopsis is another exception; primarily molesta but I’m nor too sure. I’m sticking to Temnothorax.

Thanks for the confirmation! That is what I was thinking, and after a bit of research I believe the species to be Temnothorax rugatulus.

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#1 Offline antsriondel - Posted May 12 2024 - 12:10 PM

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Located: Under a log on the towns beach.

Date of finding: 11/5/2024.

Habitat: Temperate rainforest/ the beach  :).

Length: 1-3mm

Coloration: sunset orange thorax/ black head and gaster.

Distinguishing feature: Really small.

Nest description: A small hole under a log filled with Queen larvae.

 The log where the nest is located:

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The ants:

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#2 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted May 13 2024 - 4:20 AM

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I can't see the ants very well but I think tetramorium.

#3 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted May 13 2024 - 8:19 AM

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Temnothorax since you mentioned log perhaps. Not sure on the specific species and I’m generally not sure it this is Temnothorax at all but it’s my best guess here. It could even be Pheidole but the pictures don’t look like it. Solonopsis is another exception; primarily molesta but I’m nor too sure. I’m sticking to Temnothorax.

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/


#4 Offline antsriondel - Posted May 13 2024 - 3:12 PM   Best Answer

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Temnothorax since you mentioned log perhaps. Not sure on the specific species and I’m generally not sure it this is Temnothorax at all but it’s my best guess here. It could even be Pheidole but the pictures don’t look like it. Solonopsis is another exception; primarily molesta but I’m nor too sure. I’m sticking to Temnothorax.

Thanks for the confirmation! That is what I was thinking, and after a bit of research I believe the species to be Temnothorax rugatulus.


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#5 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 14 2024 - 6:25 AM

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Definitely Temnothorax sp.

 

Maybe Temnothorax rugatulus?


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