Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Discussions about the care and keeping of ants

Moderator: ooper01

Post Reply
AngeredFlame850
Posts: 42
Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34101Post AngeredFlame850
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:20 pm

I have a queen ant who I am a bit unsure of and I am making thinking that it might be a prenolepis ant as she is laying eggs even though it is winter... However, she is not light brown/orangiesh as prenolepis ants so I am wondering if they can also be black. Here is a clip of my queen ant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtqF8KoTh0
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
On the look for more queens...

idahoantgirl
Posts: 1085
Joined: Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Idaho, USA

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34102Post idahoantgirl
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:33 pm

AngeredFlame850 wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:20 pm
I have a queen ant who I am a bit unsure of and I am making thinking that it might be a prenolepis ant as she is laying eggs even though it is winter... However, she is not light brown/orangiesh as prenolepis ants so I am wondering if they can also be black. Here is a clip of my queen ant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtqF8KoTh0
my guess is formica
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

AngeredFlame850
Posts: 42
Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34106Post AngeredFlame850
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:48 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:33 pm
AngeredFlame850 wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:20 pm
I have a queen ant who I am a bit unsure of and I am making thinking that it might be a prenolepis ant as she is laying eggs even though it is winter... However, she is not light brown/orangiesh as prenolepis ants so I am wondering if they can also be black. Here is a clip of my queen ant.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMtqF8KoTh0
my guess is formica
Oh Okay
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
On the look for more queens...

User avatar
PenguinAntKeeper
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Toronto, ON

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34107Post PenguinAntKeeper
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:55 pm

When did you catch her?
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

AngeredFlame850
Posts: 42
Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34108Post AngeredFlame850
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:21 pm

PenguinAntKeeper wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:55 pm
When did you catch her?
Late august or early september in Virginia (USA)
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
On the look for more queens...

User avatar
PenguinAntKeeper
Posts: 35
Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Toronto, ON

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34111Post PenguinAntKeeper
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:30 pm

Based on that I would guess Lasius sp. or Crematogaster sp. but I would wait for a more experienced person to identify them, like batspiderfish. Definitely not Prenolepis imparis if you caught her in September/August.
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

AngeredFlame850
Posts: 42
Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34139Post AngeredFlame850
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:43 pm

PenguinAntKeeper wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:30 pm
Based on that I would guess Lasius sp. or Crematogaster sp. but I would wait for a more experienced person to identify them, like batspiderfish. Definitely not Prenolepis imparis if you caught her in September/August.
Ok thx
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
On the look for more queens...

AngeredFlame850
Posts: 42
Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:31 pm
Location: New Jersey

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34147Post AngeredFlame850
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:02 pm

Here is another video taken from the side angle. Her wings are bent for some reason and won't come off. Thanks for the help so far! :)
Formica Sp. E queen - 0 workers, batch of eggs
On the look for more queens...

User avatar
Jadeninja9
Posts: 733
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Location: SF Bay Area, California

Re: Can Prenolepis Imparis ants be black/dark brown?

Post: # 34212Post Jadeninja9
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:37 am

Prenolepis imparis can be dark brown like mine, but they fly from January-May, and your's doesn't look like a Prenolepis imparis queen, so it's most likely Formica sp.
Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
8x Lasius alienus colonies
Founding:
1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: JadamJedi and 1 guest