My First Queens!

Help with identifying the species your ants

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ArizonaAntGuy
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My First Queens!

Post: # 26085Post ArizonaAntGuy
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:39 pm

Hello everyone! I would really appreciate it if someone could help me identify my queen ants. There have been some rather intense storms here in Tucson lately, and I managed to find these queens after a storm about a week and a half ago. I have always been fascinated by ants, and I was really excited to find these queens. The first three I caught, before I knew anything about ant keeping, I put in a jar of dirt. The second two (pictured below) I put into test tubes once I realized this was the best environment to keep them in while they establish their colony.

Here are the details:
I caught them on 7/05/17 in Tucson, Arizona.

The queens are about 12 mm in length.

Attached below are a few photos from different angles.

Again, I sincerely appreciate any help you can offer! :)


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idahoantgirl
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 26091Post idahoantgirl
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:05 pm

looks like pogernomermex
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeper of Tetramorium Sp. E, Lasius Neoniger

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Aquaexploder
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 26094Post Aquaexploder
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:07 pm

Some sort of Pogonomyrmex maybe?
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

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ArizonaAntGuy
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 26095Post ArizonaAntGuy
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:08 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:05 pm
looks like pogernomermex
Thank you! That's kinda what I was leaning towards but I wasn't sure.

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ArizonaAntGuy
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 26099Post ArizonaAntGuy
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:14 pm

Aquaexploder wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:07 pm
Some sort of Pogonomyrmex maybe?
I think you might be right! :D One thing I thought was weird was that I caught these girls inside my house. My cats were going crazy and I had to stop them from eating the ants.

Ekphoenix
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 27996Post Ekphoenix
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:04 pm

ArizonaAntGuy wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:39 pm
Hello everyone! I would really appreciate it if someone could help me identify my queen ants. There have been some rather intense storms here in Tucson lately, and I managed to find these queens after a storm about a week and a half ago. I have always been fascinated by ants, and I was really excited to find these queens. The first three I caught, before I knew anything about ant keeping, I put in a jar of dirt. The second two (pictured below) I put into test tubes once I realized this was the best environment to keep them in while they establish their colony.

Here are the details:
I caught them on 7/05/17 in Tucson, Arizona.

The queens are about 12 mm in length.

Attached below are a few photos from different angles.

Again, I sincerely appreciate any help you can offer! :)


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Did you have to offer your queens anything to eat between the time you caught them and the time they produced eggs? Or between your last post and now, if their first workers haven't hatched?
I have a queen that looks very similar to yours. I found her in our garage two days ago.

Samuelpr1
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 28498Post Samuelpr1
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:52 pm

I think it is novomessor

Nj6000
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 28633Post Nj6000
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:43 am

I agree with pogonomyrmex .

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StormDancer
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Re: My First Queens!

Post: # 29878Post StormDancer
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:43 pm

Novomessor is my guess as well. They have no beards which is a defining feature of pogonomyrmex. But she is still a harvester ant. I'd be willing to bet if you look around your house there are skinny long legged workers running around who are also lacking beards. I have three of them currently and mistook them for pogonomyrmex until I watched AntsCanada thanksgiving videos on the honeypot and harvester ants. Drew's collection. Novomessor are the ones he has housed in the cement nest.
Learn to dance in the rain, because after there are queens to find!

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Re: ID Request

Post: # 29929Post Phoenix
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:15 am

Leaning More Towards Novomessor As Well.
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