Hello everyone! I am a newcomer to the anting world and believe I caught my first ever queen today! I caught her in north central Florida on April 5th around 6pm (our first rainstorm of the season happened on the 4th). She was found walking on a sidewalk near a wooded area. Her head and mesosoma are a reddish color, and her gaster is darker. She is about 1/4" long, has two spiky nodules between her mesosoma and gaster, and I did not see any spikes on her mesosoma. I will attempt to attach pictures. I believe she is a Solenopsis sp., however, I am very new to this and could use some help. I currently have her in a typical test tube set up. My entire house is air conditioned, so I have a heating cable under the tube on the nonwater end.
Would anyone be able to tell me the species, and/or give any tips? I do not plan to raise a Solenopsis colony (I hate their stings, and they grow so fast!), however, I will definitely keep her at least until I have a few other queens of more desirable species.
Edit: Added album. Fixed typo.
Edited by jdsaunders1390, April 5 2017 - 9:31 PM.