Please help me identify

Help with identifying the species your ants

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Rludwick
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Please help me identify

Post: # 33673Post Rludwick
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:37 pm

https://imgur.com/a/bidWg

I found them in Nov 2017 in a small fist size piece of decaying wood in central Indiana. They are currently in a omninest small. I also do not know which one is the queen that produced the eggs. I'm not sure if I should separate the "queens" I also am curious if the smaller winged ant that is next to a worker for scale is a male.

Lot's of questions sorry in advance.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Please help me identify

Post: # 33674Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:11 pm

Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Doesn't look like you got the colony's queen. These are unmated queens and males, along with some workers. The rest are probably underground. At least they will be one of the earlier ants to fly next summer.
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Rludwick
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Re: Please help me identify

Post: # 33676Post Rludwick
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:14 pm

I thought i might not have gotten the queen. :(

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Re: Please help me identify

Post: # 33677Post Rludwick
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:19 pm

Why are there eggs?

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Re: Please help me identify

Post: # 33678Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:25 pm

They are larvae that were presumably produced by the colony's actual queen, but workers and unfertilized queens will also lay haploid eggs which turn into males.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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