Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

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AntBonez
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Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34103Post AntBonez
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:42 pm

I am on the peninsula of California. I found it on the edge of a bucket of water and it didn't try to fly away (and hasn't tried to fly since). It is small, about 3 1/2 mm. The linked pictures are the best I could get, the little thing won't sit still for more than a 1/2 of a second so it took a while to get those.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1vyR6iBHa9Vr3Ur5M3-ueY4sCJmenIci8

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PenguinAntKeeper
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Re: Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34104Post PenguinAntKeeper
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:42 pm

It's likely a different insect similar to a solitary wasp since its antennae are not elbowed, it's definitely not a(n) (queen) ant.
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

idahoantgirl
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Re: Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34114Post idahoantgirl
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:10 pm

i second that
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

AntBonez
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Re: Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34115Post AntBonez
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:46 pm

I wasn't very sure to start out and wanted to be sure. I'm pretty new to the hobby so I've been catching anything that vaguely (barely) shows a resemblance to a alate. :P I know it's early in the year but I'm excited to start a colony of my own and I get ahead of myself. :D and thank you for your help/feedback

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Jadeninja9
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Re: Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34142Post Jadeninja9
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:42 pm

Yeah, I live near you and I found something similar to this about a week ago at night using a blacklight.
Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
8x Lasius alienus colonies
Founding:
1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans

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antnest8
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Re: Possible queen ant (not sure) found in the CA

Post: # 34149Post antnest8
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:40 am

man when last year in early April I caught a ton of those things and then found out it was not an ant. so I get the excitement of wanting to catch my first queens. :D :lol:
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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