Help identify mystery queen

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MaxGen
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Help identify mystery queen

Post: # 36054Post MaxGen
Thu May 17, 2018 8:06 pm

I caught a bunch of queens at the beginning of September 2017 last summer. I assumed they were all Lasius neoniger since that's what they all looked like at the time. They went into the fridge in October and I took them out in February, they subsequently all started laying.

One of the queens looks quite different from the others. Can anyone identify it?

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Picture 1 is what I believe is Lasius neoniger. It's about 8mm long, caught Sept 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

The rest of the pictures are what I need help identifying please. She is 10mm long, caught Sept 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

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Mystery Queen
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Batspiderfish
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Re: Help identify mystery queen

Post: # 36061Post Batspiderfish
Thu May 17, 2018 9:45 pm

Is there a way to turn "noise reduction" off on your camera? We need to see fine details like the hairs on the antennal scapes to identify this group of Lasius.
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.

MaxGen
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Re: Help identify mystery queen

Post: # 36065Post MaxGen
Fri May 18, 2018 1:22 am

Thanks Batspiderfish

I’ll see if I can get a better shot. It’s difficult when shooting through glass as the curvature of the tube distorts the shot. Hopefully it will all come together :)

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antnest8
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Re: Help identify mystery queen

Post: # 36069Post antnest8
Fri May 18, 2018 5:46 am

why does mystery queen 1 look like a social parasite?
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

MaxGen
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Re: Help identify mystery queen

Post: # 36075Post MaxGen
Fri May 18, 2018 9:50 am

Picture 1? I'm wondering if she is a little exhausted. It looks like her gaster has folded in a bit.

The mystery queens gaster does look a little long and narrow, if that was the queen you were referring to.

Neither are parasitic, they both have workers from their own eggs they laid this season without any help...

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