Central Texas - late March

Help with identifying the species your ants

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megabob
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Central Texas - late March

Post: # 68491Post megabob
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:50 pm

We had some rains and then a hot day, and oila! Flying ants! It's like magic...]

I saw one right outside my window so I went out and grabbed what I thought were 2 different queens at first, but after a little bit of thought, I realized I probably grabbed a male and female from the same flight. Probably an unmated female too. Ah, well. Looks like Solenopsis Invicta to me. Very common around here.

What do you think? Am I totally off base?

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Tethiner
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Re: Central Texas - late March

Post: # 68627Post Tethiner
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:34 pm

I am in southeast Texas and was having some of that very same magic mid march.
Big girl does look like a Solenopsis invicta the smaller one is probably a male, but the head looks too big compared to the ones I have around here.

Don't let the wings = unfertilized myth fool you. Its generally true, but not always. I have seen numerous queens caught with wings that have gone on to produce great colonies. Most of the queens I catch lose their wings in the test tube.
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