What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

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What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 30340Post Dearth335
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:54 pm

I caught these queens in parker CO and am wondering what species they are. they are 8-9 millimeters and lay TONS of eggs, their eggs are everywhere around the test tube but they are tiny.

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Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 30688Post SouthWesternAnts
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:07 pm

I think they might be pogonomyrmex barbatus
Founding Colonies:
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Solenopsis xyloni
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Pheidole sp
Dorymyrmex insanus

Dearth335

Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 31110Post Dearth335
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:02 pm

thanks, thats what i was thinking, but i also was wondering if they were aphenogaster. I caught them in june

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Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 31179Post SouthWesternAnts
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:44 pm

I believe they are all pogonomymex barbatus, a type of harvester ant. I actually have two of these queens and many pogonomymex rugosus, which have a black color instead of orange. I also caught some of them on early June so they should be getting their first nanitics by now.
Founding Colonies:
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Solenopsis xyloni
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Pheidole sp
Dorymyrmex insanus

Dearth335

Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 31642Post Dearth335
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:02 pm

Now that they are further in development, they are dark and have very long legs. I think they might be long legged ants. I tried brood boosting one with what i am 100% sure are Pogonomyrmex barbatus and the one queen I caught dosen't really care about them. Then again I have only viewed her twice

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Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 31891Post SouthWesternAnts
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:42 am

Could you post the pictures of the long legged ants to see if they are indeed Pogonomyrmex barbatus. The only thing about pogonomyrmex that I dislike is that they take a very long time to get a lot of workers. The 3 pogonomymex rugosus colonies I have are all about more than three months old and they still only have about 2-3 workers. I think brood boosting for this species would be great since they will have more workers to grow the colony.
Founding Colonies:
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Solenopsis xyloni
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Pheidole sp
Dorymyrmex insanus

Dearth335

Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 32318Post Dearth335
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:11 pm

One thing about brood boosting is that it makes the colony more aggressive. my leg is sore from brood boosting with about 100 mature pupa. they managed to escape and destroy my leg, i must have been stung at least 20 times!

Dearth335

Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 32319Post Dearth335
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:15 pm

here is aphenogaster

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thanks from alex wild

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Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 32320Post Dearth335
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:16 pm

now i am kind of thinking these are Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

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Re: What kind of Pogonomyrmex queens are these

Post: # 32321Post Dearth335
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:17 pm

you are right my queens do not have any nanitics yet.

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