What species is this queen?

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averagebilly
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What species is this queen?

Post: # 29563Post averagebilly
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:24 pm

I was just out cycling when I saw an ant tunnel leading under a rock, and thought that it might be a cholosteral chamber. Sure enough, there was a queen under there. I put her in a container with some sand, a couple rocks, and some moist cotton after taking the pictures so that she feels at home.

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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 29574Post AntsRule
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:59 pm

It looks sort of like a male to me but we will need closer pics
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 29576Post averagebilly
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:18 pm

I don't think that it's a male because I found it in a cholosteral chamber.
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 29580Post AntsRule
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:52 pm

O really, wow :D
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 29591Post averagebilly
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:45 pm

If this does turn out to actually be queen, I wonder if it's a new species.
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 29616Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:24 pm

Aphaenogaster sp. male. I'm guessing that was a part of his mother nest or else he was just taking shelter there.
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 35247Post AntsDakota
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:37 pm

averagebilly wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:18 pm
I don't think that it's a male because I found it in a cholosteral chamber.
Were there any workers in it? If so, how many? If there were a lot of workers poring out of the nest, then it was probably a male. If there were brood and a few workers or just brood it was probably a queen. If it is a queen, my best guess would be Harpagoxenus sp.
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 35248Post AntsDakota
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:39 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:24 pm
Aphaenogaster sp. male. I'm guessing that was a part of his mother nest or else he was just taking shelter there.
I think that once a male leaves a nest, it either mates and dies, or fails to find a mate and dies. I don't think it would dig all the way under a rock just for shelter. And if it was a male, there would be at least a few workers around it guarding it. Ants can be very territorial when it comes to their elates.
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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 35250Post 123LordOfAnts123
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:34 pm

That’s certainly a male ant.

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Re: What species is this queen?

Post: # 35514Post averagebilly
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:03 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:37 pm
averagebilly wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:18 pm
I don't think that it's a male because I found it in a cholosteral chamber.
Were there any workers in it? If so, how many? If there were a lot of workers poring out of the nest, then it was probably a male. If there were brood and a few workers or just brood it was probably a queen. If it is a queen, my best guess would be Harpagoxenus sp.
No, it was just the male, but another ant was trying to dig under the rock, too. So, maybe, it was mating with that queen.
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