Queen ID El Paso TX Aug. 2019

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SouthWesternAnts
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Location: El Paso, Texas

Queen ID El Paso TX Aug. 2019

Post: # 62389Post SouthWesternAnts
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:49 pm

Hi, I just caught this queen ant and was wondering what species it is. I caught this queen near the El Paso TX area today and I think this is a type of pheidole species but am unsure of which one specifically or if it's a different ant species all together. She has a black to very dark brown/reddish color to her and has some spines coming out of her end of her thorax. She has a very rigid/sharp figure to her. I included a picture I found online(https://www.ants-kalytta.com/Formiche-Asia.html?f=P#) of an ant queen that resembles the one I have caught but the description said it was a Pheidole sp. and that it was from Asia but not specifically which species.

Thanks.

https://imgur.com/a/xHBKsx8
Local Ant Colonies:
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Pogonomyrmex californicus
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Pheidole sp
Dorymyrmex insanus
Solenopsis sp
Crematogaster sp
Selling Ants in Fabens, Tx near El Paso, Tx

Attatexana
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Location: Houston, Texas

Re: Queen ID El Paso TX Aug. 2019

Post: # 62650Post Attatexana
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:47 pm

They look like Atta texana leafcutter ants.

Good2Know15
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Location: Netherlands

Re: Queen ID El Paso TX Aug. 2019

Post: # 62658Post Good2Know15
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:00 pm

Attatexana wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:47 pm
They look like Atta texana leafcutter ants.
No, it's an Acromyrmex sp leafcutter ant queen :roll:
Also known as Ants_Netherlands16

Keeper of:
Lasius niger, flavus, lasioides
Myrmica sp.
Messor barbarus & Messor sp.
Crematogaster scutellaris
Camponotus aethiops, ligniperdus
Solenopsis fugax
Temnothorax nylanderi :D

Attatexana
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Location: Houston, Texas

Re: Queen ID El Paso TX Aug. 2019

Post: # 62661Post Attatexana
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:38 pm

I thought Atta had three spikes and Acromyrmex had four.

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