Need help identifying queen ants (pics and info provided)

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Need help identifying queen ants (pics and info provided)

Post: # 77345Post drawpositive
Wed May 05, 2021 1:02 pm

Attached are two photos of two ants that I caught August 30, 2020 just outside Trenton, NJ. They were caught on a patio near some tomato plants. I found them (winged, along with their siblings/partners) on the netting around the tomato plants.

I overwintered them in test tubes with cotton balls and distilled water, kept in the dark, etc.
Now they have laid some eggs (see photos) and will hopefully begin their respective colonies soon.

I'm not very experienced in ant ID's but from what I've found just looking around online, to me they look to be in the genus Lasius.
Am I close?
What do the professionals think?

If you need specific details on their appearance or more magnified photos, let me know.
(Thanks in advance for any responses I may receive)


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Re: Need help identifying queen ants (pics and info provided)

Post: # 77348Post AM1C39
Wed May 05, 2021 1:34 pm

GREAT photos! You are rite she is a lasius sp. Have a look at antmaps.org they can show you what lasius species live in your area.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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