Maryland March 5 4mm

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DrPants
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Maryland March 5 4mm

Post: # 17931Post DrPants
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:26 pm

I caught this queen when her colony decided to move her into a cereal box in my cupboard. I quickly tossed her and some workers in a ziplock with a test tube setup and she has started laying eggs after just a couple days.

4-5mm long, Maryland, Caught March 5

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Post: # 17932Post Martialis
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:32 pm

The queen or workers?
Keeper of

Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

Selliing:

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Post: # 17933Post DrPants
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:34 pm

The queen

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Post: # 17935Post Batspiderfish
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:37 pm

Tapinoma sessile.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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Post: # 17937Post DrPants
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:11 pm

thank you

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Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:03 am

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapinoma_sessile) says:
"Little is known about the lifespan of the ant, though it has been shown that queens live at least 8 months (and probably much longer), workers at least a few months (and show every indication of living as long as queens), while males appear to live only approximately a week."
So you could be the one who tells science how long they live.

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Post: # 18007Post Batspiderfish
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:45 pm

My colony lived for five years before a hibernation accident killed them.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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