Help Please!

Help with identifying the species your ants

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tencarnacion
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Help Please!

Post: # 58184Post tencarnacion
Sun May 12, 2019 6:35 pm

Just caught 2 of the same kind of queen. I just want to know what type of camponotus they are, and they both seem to be very active...pulling at the cotton like crazy.

https://imgur.com/a/KYgOur5

Are they claustral, and do they need to be separate?

tencarnacion
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Re: Help Please!

Post: # 58185Post tencarnacion
Sun May 12, 2019 6:56 pm

Sorry, I forgot to mention all the details.

Reno, Nevada
caught may 12, 2019
there are wing scars on both of them, and they were caught within a few feet from each other while outside gardening

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WillWithAnts
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Post: # 58192Post WillWithAnts
Sun May 12, 2019 10:03 pm

Looks to me like Camponotus modoc! Congrats :) Yes on being claustral, yes on separation.

tencarnacion
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Post: # 58198Post tencarnacion
Sun May 12, 2019 11:31 pm

Thank you! Im really excited. However, should I be concerned about how aggressively they are pulling at the cotton? They do not seem happy at all to be in test tubes

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Post: # 58213Post JoeHostile1
Mon May 13, 2019 10:11 am

If they’re in the same tube they’re trying to get out before they kill each other as they will not share a nest with another queen.

Camponotus don’t really seem to like test tube set ups. I believe it is too humid for their liking and the glass too cold. I say this because every time I’ve attached a plastic/silicon/ tube to their glass test tube they often sit in the plastic tube and stay out of the test tube.

Eventually they should settle down and lay eggs. You could feed them an insect and sugar water to give them a nutritional boost. They shouldn’t need it, but maybe they are hungry and that’s why they want out.
Keeping:
Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSfFtn6RegZ3F1NdS1g08NA

tencarnacion
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Re: Help Please!

Post: # 58218Post tencarnacion
Mon May 13, 2019 11:17 am

Theyre in separate tubes, just extremely angry at the cotton lol. I hope they calm down soon then, Ill try giving each some nutrition if it keeps up today. I really appreciate the advice!

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Post: # 58226Post Dork1522
Mon May 13, 2019 4:19 pm

Could also be Camponotus herculeanus. But this doesn't change any of the advice you've received.

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WillWithAnts
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Post: # 58228Post WillWithAnts
Mon May 13, 2019 4:29 pm

C. herculeanus tends to have a little more red on the back end of the thorax, which is why I leaned toward C. modoc :)

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