Queen Ant ID: Myrmica, Aphaenogaster, Stenamma?

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Natev5
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Queen Ant ID: Myrmica, Aphaenogaster, Stenamma?

Post: # 46230Post Natev5
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:31 pm

Hello Ant Lovers!

Yesterday I found a queen in a forest preserve in Northern Illinois. She was found very close to the lake in the forest preserve and was just walking around apparently searching for a place to begin her founding chamber. I am unsure of the species and though I have been researching all of the ants in the Myrmica, Aphaenogaster, and Stenamma genera present in Illinois, I have not been able to identify her. I'm hoping someone here has more experience with those types of queens and could provide some insight into identification. The queen is roughly 7mm long. Below is the link to the photos I took of her. Any ideas?

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aV8iuxRuLPNmZ-Xf2wVhkwNy5zCZtiAo?usp=sharing
Keeping:
C. pennsylvanicus
Formica pallidefulva
Founding:
Tetramorium sp.
Formica social parasite
Formica subsericea
Lasius social parasite

TheRealAntMan
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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Re: Queen Ant ID: Myrmica, Aphaenogaster, Stenamma?

Post: # 46250Post TheRealAntMan
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:47 pm

Myrmica sp. Workers of this genus need microscopic examination in order to be correctly identified.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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