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#1 Offline nick2253 - Posted July 7 2024 - 10:57 PM

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1. Location (on a map) of collection: Medford, Oregon, on my bathroom sink
2. Date of collection: 7/7/2024
3. Habitat of collection: Man-made structure
4. Length (from head to gaster):2-3mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Light to dark brown. Thorax lighter than head or gaster.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Very small
7. Distinguishing behavior:  Skittish and fast, almost frantic, unlike any alate I've ever seen
8. Nest description: Unknown

9. Nuptial flight time and date: Unknown, presumable 7/7/24

 

I found this ant wandering around my bathroom sink.  At first glance, due to the skitish/frantic behavior, I just assumed it was a worker.  As I leaned in for a better look, I realized it had wings, which made me think it was some kind of wasp or ant mimic.  I grabbed it in a test tube and put my loop to it, and now I'm pretty sure it's an ant.  It could be a male, but I'm still curious what species it is.  It's exceptionally small, and it's dang hard to photograph.  I can possibly take some better pictures with some sunshine tomorrow.

 

Initial guesses are some kind of Brachymyrmex male, but the proportions don't quite look right for either a male or female.

 

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#2 Online Mettcollsuss - Posted July 8 2024 - 4:56 AM

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Nylanderia male



#3 Offline nick2253 - Posted July 8 2024 - 3:38 PM

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I was prepared to disagree with you, seeing as there isn't a documented specimen in Oregon in the AntWeb data, but after looking at pictures and measurements, and taking a gander through the identification keys, I'm almost certain you're right.  I can't quite pin down the species, but I've found a dead male, and I'll go through the keys more rigorously.



#4 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted July 8 2024 - 3:49 PM

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I was prepared to disagree with you, seeing as there isn't a documented specimen in Oregon in the AntWeb data, but after looking at pictures and measurements, and taking a gander through the identification keys, I'm almost certain you're right.  I can't quite pin down the species, but I've found a dead male, and I'll go through the keys more rigorously.

 

I've found some interesting species down in your area. I would not be surprised if more California species are present there than most people realize.  


Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica, M. ergatogyna.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants





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