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Kserkso
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Queen ant

Post: # 69888Post Kserkso
Mon May 11, 2020 8:29 am

Hello,

so I just caught this queen a few days ago, and form what I could find it seems its Camponotus herculeanus (and I hope it is). its about 14-15 mm. Can anyone confirm or tell what it is?

https://imgur.com/zN1xL9e

Good2Know15
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Re: Queen ant

Post: # 69974Post Good2Know15
Fri May 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Kserkso wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:29 am
Hello,

so I just caught this queen a few days ago, and form what I could find it seems its Camponotus herculeanus (and I hope it is). its about 14-15 mm. Can anyone confirm or tell what it is?

https://imgur.com/zN1xL9e
That is definitely a Camponotus queen, but not Camponotus herculeanus as she doesn't appear to have those bright red legs. In what country/state did you find her? She appears to me to be a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen (which could be correct if you're indeed in the USA or Canada).
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

Kserkso
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Location: Croatia

Re: Queen ant

Post: # 70084Post Kserkso
Tue May 19, 2020 4:49 am

Good2Know15 wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Kserkso wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:29 am
Hello,

so I just caught this queen a few days ago, and form what I could find it seems its Camponotus herculeanus (and I hope it is). its about 14-15 mm. Can anyone confirm or tell what it is?

https://imgur.com/zN1xL9e
That is definitely a Camponotus queen, but not Camponotus herculeanus as she doesn't appear to have those bright red legs. In what country/state did you find her? She appears to me to be a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen (which could be correct if you're indeed in the USA or Canada).
Thanks for your reply, I caught her in Europe, Croatia. I think it could be Camponotus pennsylvanicus as you say, here i managed to take better pictures: https://imgur.com/a/vrUxojr

Btw, she is trying to rip the cotton and wont settle is something wrog or is it normal?

Good2Know15
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Location: Netherlands

Re: Queen ant

Post: # 70085Post Good2Know15
Tue May 19, 2020 6:42 am

Kserkso wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 4:49 am
Good2Know15 wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Kserkso wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:29 am
Hello,

so I just caught this queen a few days ago, and form what I could find it seems its Camponotus herculeanus (and I hope it is). its about 14-15 mm. Can anyone confirm or tell what it is?

https://imgur.com/zN1xL9e
That is definitely a Camponotus queen, but not Camponotus herculeanus as she doesn't appear to have those bright red legs. In what country/state did you find her? She appears to me to be a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen (which could be correct if you're indeed in the USA or Canada).
Thanks for your reply, I caught her in Europe, Croatia. I think it could be Camponotus pennsylvanicus as you say, here i managed to take better pictures: https://imgur.com/a/vrUxojr

Btw, she is trying to rip the cotton and wont settle is something wrog or is it normal?
I said that it would have been Camponotus pennsylvanicus if you were in America, but now that you said that you caught her in Croatia, I think it is Camponotus vagus; a common species in South Europe. It is normal for queens to pull on cotton. Some pull it because they want to get out, they are infertile or they just pull because they feel stressed and are not settled in yet. Give her a drop of honey then leave her test tube in a warm and dark place for a week. She should lay eggs within 1-2 weeks, maybe earlier.
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

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