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AmateurAnt
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Question about Ontarian Ants

Post: # 17585Post AmateurAnt
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:16 pm

Hello, I've only just started becoming interested in starting an Ant colony and I've had some questions about the ants around the south-western Ontario ants. Now, most species around here aren't active yet, yes. However, I noticed last year that some of the local harvester ants are quite large and could easily be mistaken for a queen ant without her wings! Anyone have some tips for differentiating between these and other ants? Or am I just going to have to pounce on every above average ant I see? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Question about Ontarian Ants

Post: # 17586Post Martialis
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:32 pm

Look at the thorax/mesosoma. Workers have a much thinner mesosoma than that of a queen.

From AntWiki:

You can easily see the size of the mesosoma in this picture.
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This, on the other hand, is a worker.

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AmateurAnt
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Re: Question about Ontarian Ants

Post: # 17587Post AmateurAnt
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:41 pm

I see! Thanks!

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Re: Question about Ontarian Ants

Post: # 18345Post Canadiananter
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:19 pm

Those are in fact Camponotus pennsylvanicus. The largest harvesters in Ontario are Aphaenogaster lamellidens, my favourite species

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Re: Question about Ontarian Ants

Post: # 18346Post Martialis
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:24 pm

Canadiananter wrote:
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:19 pm
Those are in fact Camponotus pennsylvanicus. The largest harvesters in Ontario are Aphaenogaster lamellidens, my favourite species
Yep. They are.
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