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by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: New ant. ID help needed. Toledo, Ohio, United States. 6:30 P.M. August 18. ~1.4 mm
Replies: 5
Views: 57

Re: New ant. ID help needed. Toledo, Ohio, United States. 6:30 P.M. August 18. ~1.4 mm

It doesn't look like Camponotus which are the only ants this far north to become that large, but sometimes it is hard to measure ants when they are in their container. Hard to tell from the pictures, but looks like Formica or Lasius.
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Unknown Queen - Toronto - Aug 7 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: Unknown Queen - Toronto - Aug 7 2018

You should wait until the worker phase before trying to identify Aphaenogaster. They are pretty tricky.
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Unique ants
Replies: 3
Views: 12

Re: Unique ants

You can find something fascinating about any ant species if you look hard enough. Every species is objectively unique.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Queen ant
Replies: 4
Views: 23

Re: Queen ant

Infertile =/= unfertilized.

Infertile means it is impossible to create offspring. Unfertilized means that the eggs are haploid and will develop into males.

Infertility is an excuse, since we can't really prove that something else isn't causing a problem.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Pavement Ant Queen?
Replies: 10
Views: 43

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

"sp." just means "species". They cannot be identified further from the pictures.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Pavement Ant Queen?
Replies: 10
Views: 43

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Formica sp.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 81

Re: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018

Fmsnook wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:37 pm
A friend of mine thought this might have been a winter ant? Do you think that’s a possibility?
No, those fly in April/May.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Please can you offer Worker and queen ant IDs, Eco survey of yard.
Replies: 10
Views: 47

Re: Please can you offer Worker and queen ant IDs, Eco survey of yard.

Camponotus from the Myrmentoma subgenus (e.g. C. nearcticus, C. subbarbatus) all have a clypeal notch.

I think you are doing quite well with your taxonomy!
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Please can you offer Worker and queen ant IDs, Eco survey of yard.
Replies: 10
Views: 47

Re: Please can you offer Worker and queen ant IDs, Eco survey of yard.

I can't take a good look at these yet, but the easiest way to identify Dorymyrmex workers is by the shape of their propodium from the side -- they are called pyramid ants for the cone-like shape of this segment. Dorymyrmex queens are about 3 or 4mm larger than Forelius queens ( Forelius queens avera...
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 81

Re: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018

Social parasites from the Acanthomyops subgenus of Lasius are usually pretty distinct. Lasius latipes almost looks like an ant crossed with a lobster.