Formica v.s camponotus

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Formica v.s camponotus

Post: # 47728Post antnest8
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 am

So I know i probably should know this by now but i still can't discern Formica queens from camponotus queens very well. the workers are easier to discern because of their movement and how jittery it is like as if they are moving in a video game that is really glitchy. The queens on the other hand the only clue i've got is that camponotus is usually larger but that's not all of the time. so if anyone can explain the difference that would be very helpfull
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Re: Formica v.s camponotus

Post: # 47738Post AntsDakota
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:04 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 am
So I know i probably should know this by now but i still can't discern Formica queens from camponotus queens very well. the workers are easier to discern because of their movement and how jittery it is like as if they are moving in a video game that is really glitchy. The queens on the other hand the only clue i've got is that camponotus is usually larger but that's not all of the time. so if anyone can explain the difference that would be very helpfull
To me Formica queen abdomens are more round-ovalish while Camponotus are more elongated. Formica queens often have semi-transparent gasters and Camponotus queens usually have more glossy abdomens. Formica queens often have noticeable stripe patterns on their gasters and Camponotus just have black or yellow ridges. Camponotus queens also have huge heads and if you pick one up you can tell if it's Camponotus if it bites you. It hurts.
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Re: Formica v.s camponotus

Post: # 47769Post AntsOfOntario
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:43 pm

Agreed. The dead giveaway would be the width of the queens head in comparison to it's mid section.

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Re: Formica v.s camponotus

Post: # 48021Post antnest8
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:40 am

thanks for the replies hopefully this will help me in my identification skills.
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1 tapinoma sessile colony
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