What is this worker species?

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PoorSomaliMan
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What is this worker species?

Post: # 21059Post PoorSomaliMan
Thu May 11, 2017 6:04 pm


Martialis
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21062Post Martialis
Thu May 11, 2017 6:21 pm

Formica sp.
Keeper of

Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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xTNxANTMANx
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21073Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu May 11, 2017 6:56 pm

Martialis wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 6:21 pm
Formica sp.
Are you sure? It kind of resembles the Camponotus castaneus workers I have around my house. I can't really see the thorax good though to distinguish it between the two
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

Martialis
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21074Post Martialis
Thu May 11, 2017 6:58 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 6:56 pm

Are you sure? It kind of resembles the Camponotus castaneus workers I have around my house. I can't really see the thorax good though to distinguish it between the two

Yes. If you look at the mesosoma, you can see two "humps" instead of the one found on Camponotus.
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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xTNxANTMANx
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Location: Western Tennessee

Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21078Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu May 11, 2017 7:09 pm

That's what I was looking for...i can't really make it out though from these pictures. You are probably right though.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21105Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 2:49 pm

Are these guys hard to dig up and find the queen of? I've found four queens of little species

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21106Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 2:51 pm

They are found in the southern U.S in Oklahoma.

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Aquaexploder
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21107Post Aquaexploder
Fri May 12, 2017 3:48 pm

Digging up a pre-existing colony is unethical. You should try to find queens during nuptial flights.
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21108Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 5:11 pm

How is it unethical? I make sure not to harm any ants

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Batspiderfish
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21109Post Batspiderfish
Fri May 12, 2017 5:28 pm

As opposed to capturing a foundress queen that was unlikely to have survived anyways, capturing a colony that's two or three years old (and has mostly survived the hardest parts of its lifecycle) has a greater ecological impact. Not only do wild-raised colonies have a difficult time surviving in captivity, but the effort used in collecting them is much greater, whilst there is no guarantee that you will find the queen or that she will survive. It's like collecting a wildflower instead of taking a single seed (we shouldn't even do this, in some cases -- it's just an analogy).
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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