Major vs Queen

Where and when are you finding queen ants? A section to share nuptial flight schedules by ant species and locality

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Cartil
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Major vs Queen

Post: # 27052Post Cartil
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:14 pm

Hello everyone!

This is probably a standard noob question, but yesterday I was queen hunting and, after capturing an ant, I would spend a few minutes observing it to determine whether she was a major or a queen. It seemed that 9/10 times, those ants were majors, even though they were walking fairly straight and by themselves. Their thorax were just not big enough and did not have a plateau. Was I correct in my conclusions? I know it would be a lot more useful to provide pictures, but I did take any unfortunately.

FYI, I live in Nova Scotia and the ants were Camponotus, most likely Novaeboracensis.

Thanks for the help!

JackPayne
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Re: Major vs Queen

Post: # 27465Post JackPayne
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:56 pm

Yes you seem to be on the right track at identifying them, Also look for wing scars! :D
Hi I'm Jack, How are you?

Cartil
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Re: Major vs Queen

Post: # 27791Post Cartil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:52 am

Awesome, thanks! Since then, I found 4 queens: a Lasius and 3 Camponotus. :D

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