Queen ant ID please :)

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Tomurai
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Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 53704Post Tomurai
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:21 pm

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Found in Sydney Australia during October. Approximately 6mm in length (not including wings). Thanks in advance!

Tomurai
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 53705Post Tomurai
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:35 pm

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 53964Post UnrealSparks
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:41 pm

Hi Tomurai!
I saw your last post, so I came here to try to help. :)

I'm not an expert, but I've done some research and I've found some similarities with "Rhytidoponera Metallica" in Australia.

Here are some details I've found:
- They are very common in Australia (and they're also present in your region).
- Size: 5 to 7 mm
- Nuptial Flight: September (you may have caught her during a late flight)
- Rhytidoponera Metallica has a green-blue coloration (it's indeed also called Green-Head Ant).

I'll post even some picture of how they look so you can compare them and give your thoughts.

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Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

Tomurai
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 53966Post Tomurai
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:53 pm

Thank you so much StigmaticSpark4! That's an excellent start and hopefully others can chime in and confirm whether that is indeed the species. I'll admit they do look very similar! I can't tell whether mine has a blue/green tint however. I have 2 which have both laid eggs now so I'm loathe to submit them to bright lights lest I stress them out too much!

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 53975Post UnrealSparks
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:48 am

No problem, glad to be helpful! :D

I also couldn't tell about the tint very well since the test tube may have toned it down a bit it in the photo, and yes, there's no need now to stress them. When the nanitics will hatch I guess that will be a good opportunity to also compare how they look (the workers).
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

king12345
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 56783Post king12345
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:12 am

Rydontoponera queen you caught there... Great job!

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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 56784Post king12345
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:14 am

Tomurai, Where do you live? If you're in Australia then it's probably this spp.

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Queen ant ID please :)

Post: # 56896Post UnrealSparks
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:00 pm

I don't think you noticed, but he wrote this at the end of the first post:
Found in Sydney Australia during October. Approximately 6mm in length (not including wings). Thanks in advance!
It's all good though. ;)
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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