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by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Queen ant
Replies: 4
Views: 21

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: 42

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: 42

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: 80

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: 45

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: 45

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: 80

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.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Anyone know what these are?
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: Anyone know what these are?

The two orange-ish social parasite queens are Lasius latipes. The rest are claustral Lasius which cannot be identified without close macro.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 80

Re: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018

Fmsnook wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:13 am
Here is a close up of the head of species 2. This is the closest I could get to focus.
Image
From what I can tell, there are no erect hairs on the antennal scapes, which would probably make this from the flavus group.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Please help ID Queens
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: Please help ID Queens

Lasius pallitarsis or Lasius neoniger. At this time of year, they cannot be identified without a view of hair coverage on the antennae and the teeth on the mandibles. They are claustral and monogynous.