Queen ant?

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TheAlphaAntsilon
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Queen ant?

Post: # 17653Post TheAlphaAntsilon
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:30 pm

Found this one on my mulch. I'm like 90% sure that's it's a queen.
Around 60 degrees F in Maryland.
The ant is about 8mm long.
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17657Post Martialis
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:18 pm

Definitely looks like one. Can you get a picture from the side?
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17664Post TheAlphaAntsilon
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:16 pm

Here's the sides. Tell me if you need better pictures.

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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17667Post Martialis
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:36 pm

To be honest, it reminds me of Aphaenogaster sp. I'll try to get you a better answer.
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17668Post Martialis
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:17 pm

Now that I look at it, I think Tetramorium sp. I find it odd that it flew so early.
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17670Post Batspiderfish
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:46 am

Definitely Aphaenogaster. She probably had a claustral cell from the previous year.
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17682Post idahoantgirl
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:22 am

Wile it looks somewhat similar tetramorium, the gaster is to short while tetramorium's gaster is longer and almost more square like. I agree with Batspiderfish. Aphaenogaster. Look up pics!
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It has no commander,
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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17908Post SpeciesK
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:02 am

Wow. WOW! What a beautiful ant. :shock:
And it's only the beginning of March and you found a queen ant. :mrgreen:

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Re: Queen ant?

Post: # 17915Post Batspiderfish
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:03 am

They probably found a late-flier from last year who had made a claustral cell somewhere in the garden or in the mulch.
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