Help with Identifying Queens Please, Team

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Help with Identifying Queens Please, Team

Post: # 29081Post BloodyStevoMate
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:49 pm

Hi gang.
So i only recently got into ant keeping as a serious hobby less than a month back, after randomly coming across an AC youtube vid.. Anyway, there will be time for meet 'n' greets later, the post title says it all, really..

As I say, very new to the practice of actually going and finding a queen and raising a sustained colony, but since there are a number of species having their nuptials at the moment, i thought I'd choose a good day to go looking for queens down the local nature trails..
Well, i took 4 little tubes, and within 15 mins I'd come across more queens than I had containers to carry them in, so resorted to bottle caps and other containers. I collected 5 of a particular species, and a single queen of another species (details below), but if you guys could help me with ID'ing them , that'd be great, because let's face it, 1 reproducing queen is plenty for me as a starter, and the others are quite likely destined for the GAN. (I may need to open a separate thread for this, but how do i keep multiple queens for GAN while limiting the size of the colony? that info would also be fantastic.)

So first, the details of the location and so on:

Date/Time: 14-08-17 / 4:15pm (sorry, I'm an Aussie, that's August 14th)
General area: Paralowie, South Australia; Found along nature trail
Length: 9mm
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OMG maybe next time I'll save those as smaller files, my bad.
Apologies for the lousy quality of Queen2's pics, she just wouldn't stay still!! I can try to get a better snap of her to clarify details and what have you, though I am only using my iphone with a lens in front of the camera to take these -_-"
Colour-wise, she is all black, that should be clear to see; her length is between 12-13mm
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If anyone is able to help ID these lovelies, I can't wait to hear back, and cheers in advance !

Much love,
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Re: Help with Identifying Queens Please, Team

Post: # 29085Post BloodyStevoMate
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:25 pm

Ok I just read the thread on rules for requesting identification of queens,. luckily i included most of it.
Quick update, after browsing a few sites and images of species, I suspect the second queen is a Lasius niger, or some possibly some other Lasius sp.

As for the first black and brown queen, I am guessing based purely on what I've found regarding our ant fauna here in Aus, possibly some kind of Camponotus sp. ?

Cheers guys!

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Re: Help with Identifying Queens Please, Team

Post: # 29099Post Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:46 pm

No Lasius in Australia. The first queen is Campnotus sp. The second is Melophorus sp.
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Post: # 29100Post JackPayne
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:32 am

WOW!

Can't believe they are flying so early!!! They are some lucky catches.
Hi I'm Jack, How are you?

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Re: Help with Identifying Queens Please, Team

Post: # 29518Post BloodyStevoMate
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:25 pm

Cheers Jack. Yeah I got some early flights at a good time, though none of them are laying yet.. Fingers crossed heheh.

Thanks for the info BSF, will keep you guys posted on their (hopefully) progress :)

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