1. Location of collection: I found them in Virginia Beach, Va, in the United States. While Outside with the dogs I noticed a huge swarm up above the trees and I just kinda crossed my fingers and hopped it was ants I remembered someone mentioning that they are attracted to white things and so I grabbed some test tubes and ran for my car and they were covering it. Most all of the queens that I picked up still had the males attached to them or were in the process of cleaning their gasters or removing their wings.
2. They were collected on both October 18th and 19th around 5oclock
3. Habitat collected in: The house I was at has a backyard with a lot of trees and dense brush, and I think they might have come from there.
4. Length: Should be about 5mm (will include a picture with a ruler)
5. Description: They are kind of an orangish yellow color with dark bands on their gaster, which apears to be somewhat translucent. There dosent apear to be any hair that I can see but their also extremely small so it's a bit hard to tell. They definitely do seem to be a bit shiny and their gaster is sort of an long oval shape.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: No spines or major distinguishing features except their oval gasters as far as I can tell, Their had to get a good look at but I think its only one petiole, also their mandible arent big so I don't believe them to be parasitic
7. Anything else distinctive: Rather calm ants, none of them showed any aggression towards me or each other.
8. Nest description: No idea what the nest looks like, I think it was in the neighbors yard