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Two Queens in need of ID- Wilmington, NC, US 06/15/2024

coastal nc id north carolina beach nuptial flight june

Best Answer ANTdrew , June 16 2024 - 2:03 AM

No, number one is not Brachyponera. It is a parasitic Lasius. Go to the full post


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#1 Offline BahamianBoy - Posted June 15 2024 - 5:48 PM

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I caught two different species of queens this afternoon while walking on the beach shortly after a small T. immigrans flight. One I have tentatively identified and would like to have confirmed, the other I truly have no idea about.

 

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Ant #1- Uknown

I have no clue as to her species, any help welcome.

1. Topsail Beach, North Carolina US
2. June 15, 2024
3. Just above the tideline of the beach, likely landed in the ocean and washed up on the shore
4. 10mm
5. Her body is a dark reddish brown and smooth/shiny without any noticeable hairs. Her legs, mandibles, and antennae however are a pale yellow color.
6. See photos
7. Very active in general, often tries to pull at the cotton at the end of test tube.

8. N/A

9. Between hours of 6am and 10pm on June 15, 2024 (assumed)

 

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Ant #2- Possibly Pseudomyrmex pallidus
I believe this to be a Pseudomyrmex sp. , possibly pallidus since that makes sense for my area but I would like for someone with more knowledge to confirm that lol.

1. Topsail Beach, North Carolina US

2. June 15, 2024
3. Just above the tideline of the beach, likely landed in the ocean and washed up on the shore
4. 8mm
5. Her body is a orangish yellow color and smooth/shiny with no noticeable hairs
6. Her body is especially long and thin as well as semi flat. She has short antennae and large black Ovular eyes. See Photos.
7. She is very active with long spurts of movement and exploration followed by short rests
8. N/A

9. Between hours of 6am and 10pm on June 15, 2024 (assumed)
 

 

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#2 Offline IdioticMouse26 - Posted June 15 2024 - 10:23 PM

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Maybe Brachyponera sp. (likely chinensis) for Ant #1. A bit too big to be one though.



#3 Offline ReignofRage - Posted June 15 2024 - 11:20 PM

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The first one is a Lasius species.


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 16 2024 - 2:03 AM   Best Answer

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No, number one is not Brachyponera. It is a parasitic Lasius.
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#5 Offline BahamianBoy - Posted June 16 2024 - 2:37 AM

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Maybe Brachyponera sp. (likely chinensis) for Ant #1. A bit too big to be one though.

I have a small group of Brachyponera chinensis and they quite a bit smaller than this queen, around 7-8mm and very thin. Unless I ID'd them wrong 



#6 Offline IdioticMouse26 - Posted June 16 2024 - 12:50 PM

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No, number one is not Brachyponera. It is a parasitic Lasius.

That make so much more sense. I did consider it being Lasius but it was the legs that threw me off.


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