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Two Unidentified Queens Katy, Texas 6/19/17


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#1 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 19 2017 - 7:06 PM

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Location: My spa, I turned the light on to lure alates.

Date of Collection: 6/19/17

Habitat: My backyard, basically a grassy plain.

Length: Both queens are about half a cm.

Coloration:

Queen 1: Entirely black, her thorax may be extremely dark red but I can't tell.

Queen 2: Red thorax with a black abdomen and a dark red/black head.

 Distinguishing characteristics: 

Queen 1: Entirely black, her abdomen is very large for her size.

Queen 2: Abdomen is pretty large for her size.

Anything else distinctive: 

Queen 1: At first I didn't even think she was an ant, let alone a queen, but about 8 minutes after being in a tube she shed her wings.

No nest description for either.

 

Queen 1:

http://imgur.com/a/f61Ow

http://imgur.com/a/IfIrI

http://imgur.com/a/rAk6R

Queen 2: 

http://imgur.com/a/2g0e4

http://imgur.com/a/k6Dpo

http://imgur.com/a/dSzPt

http://imgur.com/a/ChmN1

Both in Tubes (Size Reference)

http://imgur.com/a/CxpNa

Better Pictures

Queen 1: http://imgur.com/a/cnZ9Z(Queen 2 is on the right as well.)

Queen 2: http://imgur.com/Jg9kPcN


Edited by Ants_Texas, June 20 2017 - 8:47 AM.


#2 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted June 19 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Hoi! Your first queen might be Brachymyrmex, but I'm not sure about the second one. The pictures are hard to make out.


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#3 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 19 2017 - 10:57 PM

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Hoi! Your first queen might be Brachymyrmex, but I'm not sure about the second one. The pictures are hard to make out.

I'll add some better ones later today.. it's 1:58 AM for me.

#4 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted June 20 2017 - 9:43 AM

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Sorry, but the new pictures aren't much better. What I would do for now is use a piece of airline tubing and some cotton to block off most of the entrance to the tube of queen 2, then put the entire thing into a small foraging area lined with talcum paint (unscented baby powder mixed with rubbing alcohol, after it has dried) just in case she is a semi-claustral species.


If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#5 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted June 20 2017 - 10:16 AM

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hOi!

I believe the second queen is a Cardiocondyla species.


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#6 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 20 2017 - 10:48 AM

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Queen 2 kinda reminds me of Tetramorium bicarinatum which I caught a queen of a few days ago. So that's a possibility.



#7 Offline Kevin - Posted June 20 2017 - 11:06 AM

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Please embed pictures into your posts.

 

http://www.formicult...to-post-photos/


Hit "Like This" if it helped.


#8 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 20 2017 - 3:04 PM

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Sorry, but the new pictures aren't much better. What I would do for now is use a piece of airline tubing and some cotton to block off most of the entrance to the tube of queen 2, then put the entire thing into a small foraging area lined with talcum paint (unscented baby powder mixed with rubbing alcohol, after it has dried) just in case she is a semi-claustral species.

Ill try and take some better ones and do that in a bit.


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#9 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 20 2017 - 3:07 PM

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Queen 2 kinda reminds me of Tetramorium bicarinatum which I caught a queen of a few days ago. So that's a possibility.

They don't live in Texas.


hOi!

I believe the second queen is a Cardiocondyla species.

They don't live in Texas.



#10 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted June 20 2017 - 4:42 PM

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They don't live in Texas.

 

These both do, according to Antweb. I still wouldn't be sure either of those are the identity of your queen.


Edited by Batspiderfish, June 20 2017 - 4:45 PM.

If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#11 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 21 2017 - 2:47 PM

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They don't live in Texas.

 

These both do, according to Antweb. I still wouldn't be sure either of those are the identity of your queen.

 

AntMaps lied...



#12 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted June 21 2017 - 2:58 PM

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'Diversity View' only displays native ants, which Texas Cardiocondyla and Tetramorium bicarinatum are not.


Edited by Batspiderfish, June 21 2017 - 3:12 PM.

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If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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