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Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:20 pm
by Xothiliang
I'm new to antkeeping I've tried doing my research, but recently I caught what I believe to be two queen pavement ants. Could someone help me identify? I don't have measurements besides the test tube next to a bottle of "water".

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Sorry for how scuffed up the tube is! It's a plastic one and the only one I currently have, I plan on buying some good glass ones soon!

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:52 pm
by Batspiderfish
Formica sp.

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:05 pm
by Xothiliang
Is that what species of ant they are? Still new to all of this.

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:09 pm
by Batspiderfish
"sp." just means "species". They cannot be identified further from the pictures.

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:28 pm
by Xothiliang
Oh! I'm dumb lol. Trying my best not to disturb them, but I got this picture, hope it helps.


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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:26 pm
by Xothiliang
Very sorry for all the pictures and double post!

I was using my phone and never really used the camera. But I got a couple better pictures!

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:57 pm
by idahoantgirl
They shouldn't be housed together unless they are polygynous which I don't think Formica is. They will eventually fight to the death.

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:12 pm
by Xothiliang
Oh, okay! I housed them together temporarily anyways. Just caught them together. Thanks for letting me know!

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:28 pm
by Xothiliang
Okay, so upon doing more research I believe they may be Formica fusca ants, correct me if I'm wrong.

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:33 pm
by AntsOfOntario
Xothiliang wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:28 pm
Okay, so upon doing more research I believe they may be Formica fusca ants, correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes they are.
They can also be together without aggression from my own observations. I too collected duel founding queens and they've raised their first batch of workers (they've been alive for about a week and a half) and still no hostility. It's similar to how people say don't mix up Tetramorium. It's all just a gamble. My friend has been posting about his 4 queen colony for awhile now. They're up to 50 workers and yet again, no hostility. Good luck!