Ant identification?

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Eli9702
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Ant identification?

Post: # 37511Post Eli9702
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:12 pm

Hello I'm quite new to ant keeping and I found an alate but I'm not too sure if it's a male or female and what species it is. It also still has it's wings but I found it crawling around.

CatsnAnts
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37516Post CatsnAnts
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:52 pm

First of all, THATS AWESOME ON FINDING A QUEEN ANT! Great job! Second, could you post a photo, or send a link so I can see it? Third, did you find it near a nest of existing ants of the same species??? Fourth, what is the size of the ant? And fifth, it may still be a queen ant even though it has wings as long as it has mated, so don’t lose hope!
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Eli9702
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37521Post Eli9702
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:27 pm

Here's a link to the pictures. I found it crawling around inside my room and the only ants near my house are pavement ants.
The size of it is approximately about .5-.6 of a centimeter

https://m.imgur.com/7zmHymU,pFvlU7y

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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37527Post Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:59 pm

Hard to tell which kind of queen from the picture, but she is "fully" claustral.
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Eli9702
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37630Post Eli9702
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:43 pm

I got two new pictures of the ant but they aren't the best quality

https://m.imgur.com/HeveDOu,DTODegy

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37632Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:30 pm

Temnothorax sp?
Currently keeping:
C. Pennsylvanicus
Founding:
C. Pennsylvanicus

Eli9702
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37633Post Eli9702
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:56 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:30 pm
Temnothorax sp?
I would say it looks like temnothorax curvispinosus but I'm in southern California so maybe it's non native?

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Ant identification?

Post: # 37638Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:34 pm

There are different native species of Temnothorax in California. If I could get a closer picture of the queens mandible so I could see her teeth, there is a possibility of it being a Leptothorax.
Currently keeping:
C. Pennsylvanicus
Founding:
C. Pennsylvanicus

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