What is this ant?

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AbyssAnts
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What is this ant?

Post: # 32149Post AbyssAnts
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:11 pm

I found this ant while walking through the backyard and I noticed that it was unusually long for an ant. I can't tell if it's a male or not, and I'm really confused about what it is if it is even an ant at all. It's about five millimeters long.

https://imgur.com/a/DJaG5

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Phoenix
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Re: ID Request

Post: # 32150Post Phoenix
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:37 pm

Something From The Ponerinae Sub-Family.
We Need More Closer Shots To Properly ID Her.
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Re: What is this ant?

Post: # 32153Post Batspiderfish
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:38 pm

Ponera pennsylvanica queen. These are semi-claustral and otherwise difficult to keep. Read up on journals and external resources.
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AbyssAnts
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Re: What is this ant?

Post: # 32171Post AbyssAnts
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:48 pm

I did some digging online and it looks that they require a lot of care and the rate of starting a successful colony in captivity is pretty low. Might be better to release her :/.

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