Help with identifying the species your ants
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Caught 3 new queens today!!! And before anyone gets upset.. i did go nest robbing for them.. Thats why one has brood already and a few workers :0 BUT!!! for good reason. i found all these ants in old rotting pieces of fallen branches that were no bigger than an arms length from the elbow down. Also which were all on the bank of a dried up creek bed close to the house. We've experienced a dry last couple of weeks here in Tennessee so no doubt the water level would have rose easily past the line i found these branches at, and would have wiped out the colony's for sure. So really opening up there nests saved them in the end! These are no doubt brand new colonies as well im positive these were recently mated queens who have found there 1st suitable nest to start there new colonies. The highest number i found in theses colonies was only about 20 workers and a lot of larva and brood. and even found the second queen just wandering after i lifted up a nearby log! I'm almost positive they are all the same species and I am sure that species is a type of Camponotus as they are all wood nesting species and are of a larger size species as well. But im not exactly sure of full name of the species, so if someone could help me out i would greatly appreciate it! I am going to try and figure out how to post these pictures here so hope they go through and hope quality isnt to bad.
Will definitely do tonight Jonathan21700! Just have to get the camera back over hear. Also i had them right under a lamp last time, and it glared real bad so i will try it with better lighting, and will try my best to get really close up pictures of them. This will probably be the last time i move the 2 queens without many workers as to not disturb them anymore, so they will start laying again but i believe the queen with a full brood and many workers is almost ready for the formicarium!!!Jonathan21700 wrote:They are all Camponotus sp. Can you please post separate pictures of every queen and if possible take closer images.
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