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by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Need help identifying an ant.
Replies: 1
Views: 8

Re: Need help identifying an ant.

Formica sp.
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Bimorphic Solenopsis?
Replies: 6
Views: 40

Re: Bimorphic Solenopsis?

Very nice, thank you tons! Do you know anything about the forelius? There's very little information out there on them that I can find. Not off the top of my head, sorry. I have limited knowledge of southwestern ants. Species keys/descriptions from Antwiki, Navajo Nature, and Hymenoptera Online Data...
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Formica lugubris
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Formica lugubris

Having a solid identification may be important, but all rufa, sanguinea, microgyna, and exsectioides-group Formica are social parasites that require a small number of Formica worker pupae to start a colony. OK, is F. lugubris a social parasite? I've heard it isn't. They alternatively use colony bud...
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Just caught an ant today- need help identifying
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Just caught an ant today- need help identifying

I agree with Lasius umbratus. They need more than pupae, though; these queens are generally incapable of opening cocoons.

http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd

Most likely Solenopsis invicta, but if she is really that dark, it could be one of the color forms of Solenopsis xyloni. Texas is one of the few places where these species overlap after RIFA eradicated S. xyloni to the east.
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: My first ant queen
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: My first ant queen

I agree with C. pennsylvanicus, although that measurement would further help to differentiate her from other often-dark Camponotus like C. nearcticus and C. caryae. I don't think in this case she is shiny enough to be either of those, but this is why we always ask for measurements!
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Bimorphic Solenopsis?
Replies: 6
Views: 40

Re: Bimorphic Solenopsis?

You'd mainly be separating her from Solenopsis invicta . It's much easier to do with the workers, but the queens of S. invicta will have more needle-like clypeal teeth. Workers of S. invicta have that middle clypeal tooth. The clypeus is visually akin to the ant's "upper lip". Solenopsis invicta: ht...
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Found a queen in Perth, WA pls ID
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Found a queen in Perth, WA pls ID

If she is Pheidole, I don't think it would be doable to identify with photographs to the species in a diverse region like Australia. More pictures from different angles could at least pin the genus.
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Is this queen a Lasius?
Replies: 5
Views: 47

Re: Is this queen a Lasius?

It does look like Formica, but probably not F. fusca (albeit a close relative.) Too difficult to tell from this distance.