Help Identifying Queen

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Froggy143
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Location: Arizona

Help Identifying Queen

Post: # 70214Post Froggy143
Fri May 22, 2020 2:25 pm

I'm new to ant keeping and I found this Queen in Arizona on the eastern side of Maricopa County on the 21st at 10:00 pm, I don't have a macro lens so I just took a picture with a zoom lens from a distance so sorry for the bad image quality, if you could also tell me if its fully or semi claustral that would be helpful, here's the images:

https://imgur.com/a/WRsjTTu
https://imgur.com/a/GuKrFSH

(Tell me if you need more info)

NKantsalberta
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Joined: Wed May 23, 2018 6:48 pm
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Re: Help Identifying Queen

Post: # 70219Post NKantsalberta
Fri May 22, 2020 4:29 pm

Froggy143 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:25 pm
I'm new to ant keeping and I found this Queen in Arizona on the eastern side of Maricopa County on the 21st at 10:00 pm, I don't have a macro lens so I just took a picture with a zoom lens from a distance so sorry for the bad image quality, if you could also tell me if its fully or semi claustral that would be helpful, here's the images:

https://imgur.com/a/WRsjTTu
https://imgur.com/a/GuKrFSH

(Tell me if you need more info)
I am going to put a guess out there as either a Formica Species or Camponotus, depending on its size. An overhead view and a frontal (this will be near impossible) view to better see the mandibles will help someone else with a proper ID. Also specific measurements, whole body length, width of head, length of each main body segment will also be of use.
Raising 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 2x Formica sp, 2x Lasius sp.

Good2Know15
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Joined: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:13 am
Location: Netherlands

Re: Help Identifying Queen

Post: # 70235Post Good2Know15
Sat May 23, 2020 11:16 am

Froggy143 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 2:25 pm
I'm new to ant keeping and I found this Queen in Arizona on the eastern side of Maricopa County on the 21st at 10:00 pm, I don't have a macro lens so I just took a picture with a zoom lens from a distance so sorry for the bad image quality, if you could also tell me if its fully or semi claustral that would be helpful, here's the images:

https://imgur.com/a/WRsjTTu
https://imgur.com/a/GuKrFSH

(Tell me if you need more info)
This is 100% a Camponotus queen and is fully claustral. I did some research and found some species that your queen resembles. It looks very similar to a Camponotus festinatus or Camponotus fragilis queen but I can't confirm that. A measurement of the queen's lenght in milimeters and some more pictures from the top and side view with a brighter light would really help. As for keeping her: she's a Camponotus (carpenter ant) queen, meaning that her brood takes a bit longer to develop than that of other smaller species of ants and that she can get stressed easily. Give her a small drop of honey and cover her test tube with some foil or paper, then leave her for a week in a warm place wihtout checking on her. She should lay some eggs soon. Then after checking I advice you to only check up on her once every two weeks to minimize the stress until she has her first workers.
Good luck ;)
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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