Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

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AntsCancunia
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Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65351Post AntsCancunia
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:25 am

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Hi all, my 9 year old is obsessed and has been looking for queens everywhere. I think we're out of nuptial flight season and I see she still has wings, though they seem to be damaged. I appreciate any help with species and whether or not she may be mated?

Thanks in advance!

AntsCancunia
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65353Post AntsCancunia
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:44 am

Having some trouble posting pics... I think I got it now. She's about 1.5-2cm long. Thanks again for looking!


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LasiusSapien
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

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Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:04 am

so i think that might be Ectatomma tuberculatum but i'm not familiar with those ants so could very well be wrong
1x Lasius Niger - early forging stage - 60-100 workers
1x Messor Barbarus - founding stage - <20 workers
1x Camponotus Turkestanus - claustral stage - 1 nanitic + brood
1x Odontoponera Transversa - semi-claustral stage - no eggs

AntsCancunia
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65365Post AntsCancunia
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:32 am

Thanks LasiusSapien!

Any way you know of to tell if she's mated or not?

LasiusSapien
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65366Post LasiusSapien
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:21 pm

AntsCancunia wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:32 am
Thanks LasiusSapien!

Any way you know of to tell if she's mated or not?
not that i know of until the first worker come along if she not mated all she will lay is males, tho i'd say that mated queen are much more carmer that unmated one's
1x Lasius Niger - early forging stage - 60-100 workers
1x Messor Barbarus - founding stage - <20 workers
1x Camponotus Turkestanus - claustral stage - 1 nanitic + brood
1x Odontoponera Transversa - semi-claustral stage - no eggs

AntsCancunia
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65374Post AntsCancunia
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:32 pm

Thanks again, online search definitely looks like her. We'll see how we do with the claustral chamber!

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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65396Post Hawkeye
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:10 am

LasiusSapien wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:04 am
so i think that might be Ectatomma tuberculatum but i'm not familiar with those ants so could very well be wrong
I think you got it right Lasius. It's actually quite an interesting ant which developed a relationship with another far smaller ant species. Kind of like how sharks allow little fish to clean their skin, wounds, gills and mouth, these ants have cleaner ants at their disposal. They even allow them to clean their mandibles. Have a look at their description on antwiki.

AntsCancunia
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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65405Post AntsCancunia
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:13 am

wow! Super cool, I'll look through the forum and see if there are any tips on how to care for the queen and raise a colony. If anyone has tips or can lead me in the right direction it'd be much appreciated.

Thanks again!
J

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Re: Found in Cancun, Mexico. Oct 26, 2019

Post: # 65406Post Hawkeye
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:24 am

AntsCancunia wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:13 am
wow! Super cool, I'll look through the forum and see if there are any tips on how to care for the queen and raise a colony. If anyone has tips or can lead me in the right direction it'd be much appreciated.

Thanks again!
J
Well step one would be to join our Camponotus Crew thread. (Not all just about carpenter ants)

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