(Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Help with identifying the species your ants

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(Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19357Post AntConnecticut
Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:58 pm

Dear AntsCanada Team and other Ant Hobbyists,

On April 10, 2017 I found six queen ants, and I need help identifying their species. My best evaluation is laces imperious.

Size: 8.5 Millimeters long, average

Notes: -They do not have any visible hair
-Kept in test tube setup
-Kept at 72°F
-They wander around the tube
-Drink a lot of water
-No eggs, yet
-No food given
-They have groomed/cleaned themselves already
-Kept in a dark undisturbed place, a wood drawer
-Checked on every morning and night


On April 12, 2017 I found one black queen ant, and I need help identifying her species. My best evaluation is a camponotus Sp. but I'm not sure.

Notes: -Not very active
-Will move to warmer room, 78 F, once purchased heating cable
-Has small hairs
-Almost always stays on cotton
-No eggs, yet
-No food given
-Kept at 72°F
-Kept in test tube setup
-Kept in a dark undisturbed place, a wood drawer

Size: 9.5 Millimeters

If you need any more specific information or pictures please tell me. :)

Here is the link for all the pics.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1Qxlk5Mg0erSnhqSV9GS0RnMmc?usp=sharing
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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19358Post AntConnecticut
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:15 pm

Lasius not laces.

Sorry
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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19361Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:25 pm

So, first, the blank ant is Camponotus but just a worker I do believe. And the other golden colored ones look like the famous winter ant, Prenolepis imparis. Though I just glanced. I do know the black is just a worker though.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19363Post Aquaexploder
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:54 pm

First one is a Prenolepis imparis queen and not sure about the second.
Also Prenolepis imparis prefer colder temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the reason they are called winter ants.
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19364Post Martialis
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:15 pm

All Prenolepis imparis and a Camponotus worker.
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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19365Post AntConnecticut
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:23 pm

Thank you for the feed back. I wasn't sure if the black ant was a worker, because the other ants it was near were a lot smaller, maybe 2 millimeters.

Does anyone know of a post that can help me with taking care of Prenolepis imparis colony?

Also does anyone know when the queens might lay eggs?
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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19368Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:27 pm

There is a video just on Prenolepis imparis you may want to watch. Just look it up on YouTube under the AntsCanada channel.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19370Post Jadeninja9
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:33 pm

Wow your so lucky! How'd you find those Prenolepis Imparis queens just curious.
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Camponotus Hyatti
Founding:
9x Lasius alienus queens
2x Prenolepis imparis queens

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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19376Post AntConnecticut
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:08 pm

The Prenolepis Imparis queens were all over the ground it seemed like every time I turned around there was one on the ground. After seven they stopped coming. I accidentally made a human error and killed a queen. Now done to six.

They won't lay any eggs. Should I just keep waiting and be patient? Any advice?

I already have watched the video, but I guess I can watch it again. Does any one have any other sources of information, on the Prenolepis Imparis queens?

While I was outside on 4/10/17 there were hundreds of flying ant like insects. I wasn't sure if they were queen ants or not, so I didn't capture any. That may have been a sign that there was a super nuptial flight, I don't know.
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Re: (Westport, Connecticut/ USA) April 13, 2017

Post: # 19380Post Baltimore410Keeper
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:24 pm

AntConnecticut wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:08 pm
The Prenolepis Imparis queens were all over the ground it seemed like every time I turned around there was one on the ground. After seven they stopped coming. I accidentally made a human error and killed a queen. Now done to six.

They won't lay any eggs. Should I just keep waiting and be patient? Any advice?

I already have watched the video, but I guess I can watch it again. Does any one have any other sources of information, on the Prenolepis Imparis queens?

While I was outside on 4/10/17 there were hundreds of flying ant like insects. I wasn't sure if they were queen ants or not, so I didn't capture any. That may have been a sign that there was a super nuptial flight, I don't know.

Yea it normally takes them a while to start up ....... leave them alone in the dark for a while (Like 2 weeks) and check on them .....

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