Mystery Insect

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AbyssAnts
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Mystery Insect

Post: # 31581Post AbyssAnts
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:09 pm

Hi everyone, I saw something on the window of the bus I was riding and thought that it sort of resembled a queen ant. However, it seemed kind of different from the queen ants I normally see so I decided to catch it for identification. I'm not sure if this is actually a queen or even an ant, but I put it in a test tube setup regardless. It still has it's wings and it is about 5mm long in length. I live in a Northern region of New Jersey and any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Mystery Insect

Post: # 31583Post YSTheAnt
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:49 pm

I caught some of them in my pool, they turned out it be small carpenter bees. You can tell because the antennas are straight. Not a queen, sorry.
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Re: ID Request

Post: # 31585Post Phoenix
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:08 pm

Probably A Bee / Wasp - Though I Think I Spotted A Petiole Node; Perhaps An Angle From Above?
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AbyssAnts
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Re: Mystery Insect

Post: # 31587Post AbyssAnts
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:43 pm

Yeah, I took a closer look at the gaster and it was really long and pointy, kind of like a wasp's. Looks like this probably isn't a queen :c. I tried looking from above but the wings are in the way.

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Re: Mystery Insect

Post: # 31604Post YSTheAnt
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:23 pm

I caught some of these in my pool a while back thinking they were queens. The head and thorax are too closely joined to be a queen. If you look at pictures of a small carpenter bee, you will see the difference. And even then, ants have two antennae segments, bees and wasps have one curved one, which is what I see here.
Check out my blog: bayareaants.blogspot.com
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Camponotus Modoc
Plan to keep (hopefully)
Myrmecocystus
Prenolepis imparis
Tetramorium Sp. E
Formica Moki
And anything else I might find!

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