Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

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LexingtonAntHunter
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Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

Post: # 21313Post LexingtonAntHunter
Wed May 17, 2017 9:22 pm

I found these guys under some bark on a tree in a park near my house. The queen is kind of tucked into a crevice, and so I was unable to get a very clear picture of her. Hoping an ID is possible based on the workers.


Thinking some kind of solenopsis, but I dunno.

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Also found this little lady hiding out in a rotting log. Fairly certain she's camponotus but unsure what species. She has some reddish coloration that is not clearly visible in these pictures, making me think perhaps chromaiodes?

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What do you guys think?

Thank you!

Martialis
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Re: Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

Post: # 21314Post Martialis
Wed May 17, 2017 9:26 pm

Measurements?
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LexingtonAntHunter
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Re: Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

Post: # 21315Post LexingtonAntHunter
Wed May 17, 2017 9:36 pm

I have no good way to be terribly precise, but the first pictured are rather small; 3 - 4 mm would be my guess.
Queen is perhaps twice that.

The second is a big gal, easily 15mm or more.

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Re: Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

Post: # 21316Post Martialis
Wed May 17, 2017 10:01 pm

The first one I would assume is Temnothorax sp., the acornant.

The second is Camponotus pennsylvanicus.
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Re: Queen, Workers, and Brood - Found last week in Lexington, Kentucky

Post: # 21351Post LexingtonAntHunter
Thu May 18, 2017 7:33 pm

Thank you for the ID!

I went out expecting to find Pennsylvanicus, but I thought they are solid black in coloration?
Managed to get a couple more pictures that better show the reddish coloring I mentioned.

She's also laid at least two more eggs since last night! :D

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