Help identifying Ant from backyard

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NeerAnt
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Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17889Post NeerAnt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:04 pm

I found some ants in my back yard in a small group cluster. They seemd to be each individually shallow buried in the dirt and no colony near them. There was about 12 in total and I have yet to see a queen in person to tell if they where. They all looked the same or very very similar. One or two where dead and so i used one for a picture which i will provide. (Sorry, no micro lenses for the super close shots)
I am just getting into ant keeping and i am uncertain of species as well so any help / information would be appreciated.

Also:
Area - Virginia
Found in - March (Early) in a cluster of about three groups of 2-4 or single ants
Possibly they where starting to hibernate but weather here can be 80F on day and 35F the next
Habbits - They move slowly, Don't seem to eat. And when i introduced some to digging medium they instantly buried about one inch deep (Sometimes in groups) and just huddle.

I am wondering if they are queens and or what species if so

Thanks

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Martialis
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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17891Post Martialis
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:32 pm

How large are they?
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Tapinoma sessile

Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

NeerAnt
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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17892Post NeerAnt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:54 pm

They are roughly around 6mm each or 6/10s of a cm

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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17893Post Martialis
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:56 pm

Alright, one last request. Can you get a view of her from the side closer? I'm thinking she might be a queen. It really sounded like you described founding chambers.
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Tapinoma sessile

Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

NeerAnt
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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17897Post NeerAnt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:18 pm

This is as close i could get without a magnifying lens which i would have to pick up sometime tomorrow or later in the week if need be

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I kept the one dead one for photos and since i was not sure if they where queens i put one in a test tube set up and the rest in a small aquarium with digging medium and they almost instantly went and made these.

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This last one is the hill in the corner side view, a little blurry but about 6 of them in there. They don't seem to come out ever either. Been about 2-3days. The test tube one i plan on checking tomorrow. I wanted to give that one time just in case.

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Martialis
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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17898Post Martialis
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:31 pm

I think they're Prenolepis imparis queens. Highly polygonous.
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NeerAnt
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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17899Post NeerAnt
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:06 pm

Awesome ill keep an eye on them and see what happens!

Thank you very much,

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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17911Post SpeciesK
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:00 am

:shock: You found 12 queens? all clustered together, at the beginning of March, and have them digging their own claustral chambers that you can see into... I think this is the most amazing thing I have read yet... :D

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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17912Post Fulkol
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:41 am

SpeciesK wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:00 am
:shock: You found 12 queens? all clustered together, at the beginning of March, and have them digging their own claustral chambers that you can see into... I think this is the most amazing thing I have read yet... :D
This

I'd probably give my half leg for a 6-10 queen super colony captured in the very beginning
That's something I'd build a 1-2 meters tall vertical dirt setup for

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Re: Help identifying Ant from backyard

Post: # 17913Post Batspiderfish
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:55 am

These are Lasius claviger, social parasites of other Lasius, namely L. neoniger and L. alienus.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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