Is this a male carpenter ant?

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Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55240Post RvBVakama
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:57 am

The more I look at it the more I think it is male. (Still has wings, black on the throax)
I was in my room, and went to play with my cat and saw it crawling on my jeans.
I have had ants in my room due to soda and donuts left on the floor.
I think it may be Carpenter Ants (Camponotus) due to my first google search of "Queen ant vs male ant" returning this image:
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What really stands out is golden rings on the gaster, here are my images:
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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55241Post idahoantgirl
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:34 am

Definitely a queen. Looks to be camponotus
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55248Post RvBVakama
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:20 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:34 am
Definitely a queen. Looks to be camponotus
I wonder at what rate that the queens decide to keep their wings.
I wonder if she is semi or even fully claustral.

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55250Post antnest8
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:29 pm

most camponotus are fully.

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55257Post RvBVakama
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 pm

Wow she shed over night. Could this be due to stress or is there a good chance she can start founding.

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55282Post antnest8
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:25 pm

It's perfectly normal for queens to shed, I would try to get her to found since you can never no if she has mated yet.

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55293Post RvBVakama
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:18 am

antnest8 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:25 pm
It's perfectly normal for queens to shed, I would try to get her to found since you can never no if she has mated yet.
Well, it has been almost two days and I don't see any physogastric signs. I'm still waiting on my test tubes which were supposed to arrive a couple days ago.
I could not find any information on how long I should wait before expecting births. It seems from Mikey's videos it can take up to a week before any births occur.
Any other estimates?

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55294Post RvBVakama
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:32 am

Wait a sec.
Is that brood?
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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55297Post antnest8
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:32 am

yes it looks like 2 eggs maybe three.

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Re: Is this a male carpenter ant?

Post: # 55301Post RvBVakama
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:50 am

antnest8 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:32 am
yes it looks like 2 eggs maybe three.
Wow, they really are quite small.
Well, I guess I can expect workers in about 2 months, or possibly male alates because they can be raised by a virgin queen I have read?
How does that work?

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