Sydney Australia - 8mm Queen or Drone?

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anterino
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Sydney Australia - 8mm Queen or Drone?

Post: # 32177Post anterino
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:34 am

1. Location of collection: Near Sydney Australia
2. Date of collection: 9 October 2017. 30 degrees c. light rain the day before
3. Habitat of collection: Rock wall next to grass lawn. Close proximity to a Rhytidoponera sp. nest.
4. Length (from head to gaster): 8mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture: Black with green metallic
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Green metallic sheen
7. Distinguishing behavior: Has trouble walking on plastic test tube
8. Nest description: Small (4-5cm diameter) mounds of grey coloured dirt/rocks
9. Nuptial flight time and date: Did not witness a flight, so not sure if there was one.

Hello! I'm looking for help in determining if this is a Rhytidoponera sp. queen or drone? It has shed its wings from one side, leaving the other side still on. Only saw this one running along a rock wall next to the lawn.
Thanks for looking!

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Re: Sydney Australia - 8mm Queen or Drone?

Post: # 32179Post Batspiderfish
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:09 am

Rhytidoponera queen.
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anterino
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Re: Sydney Australia - 8mm Queen or Drone?

Post: # 32228Post anterino
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:32 pm

Thanks for the reply!
She has dropped all her wings now that she is in a new setup. This will allow me to feed her easily, plus the sand will be easy to walk on. This is my first semi-claustral queen. She can only access the middle 4 cells for now, I can flip the little plastic walls to put the hole on the floor and allow access to the other cells.
One of the tubes is blocked, the other has a water test tube.
The container is kept dark inside a cardboard box.
Does this look like a suitable setup for her?
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Re: Sydney Australia - 8mm Queen or Drone?

Post: # 32235Post idahoantgirl
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:35 pm

anterino wrote:
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:32 pm
Thanks for the reply!
She has dropped all her wings now that she is in a new setup. This will allow me to feed her easily, plus the sand will be easy to walk on. This is my first semi-claustral queen. She can only access the middle 4 cells for now, I can flip the little plastic walls to put the hole on the floor and allow access to the other cells.
One of the tubes is blocked, the other has a water test tube.
The container is kept dark inside a cardboard box.
Does this look like a suitable setup for her?
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She only needs and probably should only have access to one cell. If it's too big she wont feel settled enough to lay eggs.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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