Nylanderia ? and other ID requests, updated.

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Bierschneeman
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Nylanderia ? and other ID requests, updated.

Post: # 50388Post Bierschneeman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:26 am

all Louisianians

Ill add the new ant first. Today I caught Camponotus (pennsylvanicus?)
when I caught them I saw smaller camponotus, bigger ones (10mm) and what I took for queens at more than 10mm (my rule has only 10mm, so I'd guess 12)
When I got them home however, I don't see wing scars on that smaller than I thought Thorax.
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Flipped over a patch of moss while watching two Solenpsis invicta majors fighting, and found this little yellow ant. I had to get a specimen home.
I had extreme difficulty going through the keys so I can be completely off. Three times I could not tell, and looked ahead to see which had closer options further up.

definitely either Formicinae or Dolcherdinae. definitely overlapped mandibles, Scapes not overly long, and covered in thick but sparse pubescence. <2mm
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I am clueless really, this is a humiliating guess.
next
ant 2
another one I got lost on my keys, Camponotus? she had no antennae, just scapes, standing there vibrating, sad.
~4-5mm
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ant 3
lets see, Myrmicinae, 3 antenneal club, 11 segements?, two parallel propodeum spines, looks like a normal gastor attatchment
I can knock off more than half of the genera, but fall apart.
~2mm
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ant 4 (I have confirmed was an Argentine worker.)

ant 5
This wasp
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lol, sorry

ant 6
and my prize, found her in a founding chamber, freshly dug. (poor pitance for watching Forelius fly, but not catching any, but she makes me happy)
two petioles, the post petiole is definitely wider, two prodoeum teeth, three antenneal club segments, but unsure of total segments
I unfortunately do not have a good set of queen keys, Ill try going through keyants.

4mm
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ant 7.
I need better images, so I don't expect anything.
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(all other ants i collected today I managed to identify, thanks to the help over the last few weeks of the people on this forum, not least batfishspider and therealantman. Thank you all. )

more on ant six.
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Founding:
3 Solenopsis I/X
5 Tapinoma sessile
1 Nylanderia terricola/vivulda

Colonies:
1 Brachymyrmex patagonicus
1 Pheidole soritis
1 Tapinoma sessile

The difference between a hobby and a scientific pursuit, is detailed notes.

Bierschneeman
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Re: Nylanderia ? and other ID requests, updated.

Post: # 50389Post Bierschneeman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:29 am

also caught a Brachymyrmex Queen.
probably another patagonicus, but didn't key yet.
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also also,
more of ant 7
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Founding:
3 Solenopsis I/X
5 Tapinoma sessile
1 Nylanderia terricola/vivulda

Colonies:
1 Brachymyrmex patagonicus
1 Pheidole soritis
1 Tapinoma sessile

The difference between a hobby and a scientific pursuit, is detailed notes.

TheRealAntMan
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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Re: Nylanderia ? and other ID requests, updated.

Post: # 50390Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:48 am

Overlapping mandibles happen when some ants die. Also ant 5 looks more like a male ant than wasp.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

Bierschneeman
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Re: Nylanderia ? and other ID requests, updated.

Post: # 50432Post Bierschneeman
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:36 pm

that ant did die :(, but the picture was taken while she was still alive, just refrigerated because i couldnt get a good picture.

on ant 5.
I know right!!. thats why i collected him. but its huge. must 20-30 mm. (big guess, no clue but it is muuuuch bigger than 8mm, i guess it could be as small as 15mm. i gave it to my Pheidole colony, they loved it)
Founding:
3 Solenopsis I/X
5 Tapinoma sessile
1 Nylanderia terricola/vivulda

Colonies:
1 Brachymyrmex patagonicus
1 Pheidole soritis
1 Tapinoma sessile

The difference between a hobby and a scientific pursuit, is detailed notes.

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