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Is this a queen? First timer, please help!

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#1 Offline Shoant - Posted May 24 2016 - 10:34 PM



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Hi all,


I've recently developed an interest in ant-keeping and I have caught what I think is my first queen ant... but at the same time I am not sure. Can you please help ID?


1. Location of collection: WA State, USA
2. Date of collection: May 23rd, 2016
3. Habitat of collection: Wooded type area with walking pathways, found on hard pavement between 2 grass areas 
4. Length (from head to gaster): Slightly more than 1/4 inch (approx.)
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Black
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Not sure
7. Anything else distinctive: Not sure
8. Nest description: Unknown


If it's not a queen ant, I will release it back around where I found it. Please see the attached pictures (sorry for the picture quality but I hope you guys can make something out).


Thank you for your help!









#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 24 2016 - 11:21 PM

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Sorry, that's not a queen, just a worker.

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#3 Offline WingedD20 - Posted May 25 2016 - 9:12 PM



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I may not have much experience yet but to me that looks like the larger species of Camponotus running around my area. One of the larger workers to. If she doesn't have scars where wings use to be then she is a worker. I think this video goes into how to tell the difference.

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