Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

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MTKRailroad
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Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27444Post MTKRailroad
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:10 pm

I found these all within the last two weeks Around my suburb in west Toronto
#1 her head and thorax are dark reddish and black gaster. About 8-10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/VqVM0

#2 Found her today. Around 7-8mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/zdjYh

#3 Found her and two others on the same sidewalk all leaving I believe the same nest. 8-10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/l5FM9

#4 I keep seeing these ones but not sure if they are just major workers. 10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/RcdDy

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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27453Post idahoantgirl
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:22 pm

MTKRailroad wrote:
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:10 pm
I found these all within the last two weeks Around my suburb in west Toronto
#1 her head and thorax are dark reddish and black gaster. About 8-10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/VqVM0

#2 Found her today. Around 7-8mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/zdjYh

#3 Found her and two others on the same sidewalk all leaving I believe the same nest. 8-10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/l5FM9

#4 I keep seeing these ones but not sure if they are just major workers. 10mm
https://imgur.com/gallery/RcdDy
Queen no 1: Camponotus noveboracensis
Queen no 2: Tetramorium Caespitum
Queen no 3: ??Formica??
queen no 4: ??Also Formica??

But I am very sure about no 1 and no 2. Hope I helped!
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

MTKRailroad
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27493Post MTKRailroad
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:56 am

Yes thank you! I had thought 3&4 looked similar but thought I should post separately in case. I'm new to ant keeping this year. Super excited about the tetramorium!

idahoantgirl
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27533Post idahoantgirl
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:10 pm

MTKRailroad wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:56 am
Yes thank you! I had thought 3&4 looked similar but thought I should post separately in case. I'm new to ant keeping this year. Super excited about the tetramorium!
I have a very healthy happy colony of Tetramorium that occupy about 3/4 of a hybrid nest. They are indeed good pets, but I personally wish I could find anything other than Tetramorium where I live :lol:
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

MTKRailroad
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Location: Ontario

Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27545Post MTKRailroad
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:24 pm

Is it okay to have them in the containers they are in? I don't have any test tubes.

SageePrime
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27718Post SageePrime
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:57 am

#3&4 look like Formica subsericea
1 Tapinoma Sessile colony
32 Tetramorium queens and 1 colony
5 Aphaenogaster Tennesseensis
3 Camp. Pennsylvanicus colonies
1 Camp. Americanus colony
1 Solenopsis Molesta Colony
1 Crematogaster Cerasi colony
1 Formica Subsericia colony

Proverbs66
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27826Post Proverbs66
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:52 pm

MTKRailroad wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:24 pm
Is it okay to have them in the containers they are in? I don't have any test tubes.
I would suggest you get some test tubes because it is the best way start a colony I'm also new and started this year and I have four queens who seem to be doing just fine 😉
Let us remember that even though ants are wonderful creatures, even more magnificent is their creator 😌

Nj6000
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27835Post Nj6000
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:26 pm

MTKRailroad wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:24 pm
Is it okay to have them in the containers they are in? I don't have any test tubes.
It's better to have test tube but other containers will work fine just keep a moist cotton ball in the container.

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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27849Post Batspiderfish
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:42 pm

The first queen is a Formica social parasite from the sanguinea group. She will need Formica pupae if you are going to keep her.

The other two Formica can't be identified to the species with the given photographs.
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.

Nj6000
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27883Post Nj6000
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:00 pm

Are there any social parasites in Texas ???

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